How To Make An Image Transparent On Google Slides

In today’s digital age, presentations have become a significant part of both academic and professional life. Google Slides, a popular platform for creating presentations, offers numerous features to help you create an eloquent and impactful presentation. One such feature is the ability to adjust the transparency of images. This blog post will guide you through the process of making an image transparent using Google Slides.

Step 1: Upload Your Image

Firstly, you need to upload the image to your Google Slides presentation:

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation.
  2. Click on the slide where you want to add the image.
  3. Click on the “Insert” tab on the top menu, and select “Image”.
  4. You can upload an image from your computer, drive, by URL, or from your photos.
  5. Select your desired image and click “Insert”.

Step 2: Make the Image Transparent

After uploading your image, follow these steps to adjust its transparency:

  1. Select the image.
  2. Click on the “Format options” in the toolbar or right-click on the image and select “Format options”.
  3. A sidebar should appear on the right hand side. Under the “Adjustments” section, you will find the “Transparency” option.
  4. Move the Transparency slider to your desired level, where 0% is fully opaque and 100% is fully transparent.

Additional Tips

If you want to make the background of an image transparent, Google Slides might not be the best tool for this. It doesn’t have the functionality to remove the background of an image automatically. You would need to use an image editing tool (like Adobe Photoshop, Canva or online tools like or LunaPic) to do this before adding the picture to your slide.


And that’s it! You are now equipped with the knowledge to adjust the transparency of your images on Google Slides. This can be incredibly useful for overlaying images, creating watermarks, or simply adding aesthetic appeal to your slides. Remember, the key to a good presentation is a balance between text and visuals. So, why not bring your slides to life by making use of transparent images?