PowerPoint version 2010 and 2013 offers a background removal tool for your pictures. In this post I will walk through the steps to cut out the background and leave just the butterfly. The picture I’m using in this post is one I took on Aug 1, 2006 in Bemidji, Minnesota.
To access this cool feature you will need to first select your picture. This will give you an opportunity to click Remove Background which is located on the Picture Tools Format tab.
The image will turn purple in some parts. The purple represents the pixels that will be deleted.
You can control whether you need to add to or remove more from the picture using the Background Removal Ribbon tab. Click Mark Areas to Remove and you get a pencil icon. Simply drag or click on the part of the image you need to take away more of the background. Likewise, if you need to add more to the image you want to remain visible use the Mark Areas to Keep command.
Tip: Zoom in to 400% to get a close up for fine selection paths. Once done with the editing click Keep Changes.
Download my PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts handout.