How To Make A Picture Transparent On Google Slides

Google Slides is a powerful tool for creating professional presentations. One of the tricks you might need while creating your slides is making an image transparent. While Google Slides doesn’t directly offer this feature, there’s a simple workaround that lets you adjust the transparency of an image. This blog post will guide you step-by-step through the process of making an image transparent on Google Slides.

Step 1: Select the Image

To get started, you need to first select the image you want to make transparent. You can do this by clicking on the image in your Google Slides presentation.

Step 2: Open Google Drawings

Next, go to the menu bar at the top of the page, click on “Format”, then “Image”, and finally select “Image options.” A sidebar will open on the right. At the bottom of the sidebar, click on the “Recolor” drop-down menu, then select “Transparent”.

Step 3: Adjust the Transparency

In the sidebar that opened in the last step, you will see a transparency slider. You can adjust this slider to control the level of transparency of the image.

Step 4: Save and Insert the Image Back into Your Slide

Once you’ve made your adjustments, click on “Close” at the top of the sidebar. The image, now transparent, will be saved in Google Drawings. Now, you can insert this transparent image back into your slide.


While Google Slides doesn’t directly allow you to make an image transparent, this workaround gives you the ability to do so. This feature can be especially useful for overlaying images, creating watermarks, or simply for artistic effect. Remember that you can adjust the transparency level as per your needs, and can always revert the image back to its original state.