How To Make Image Background Transparent Google Slides

If you’ve ever wanted to create engaging presentations in Google Slides with transparent image backgrounds, this blog post is for you. Here, we will walk you through a comprehensive step-by-step process on how to make image backgrounds transparent in Google Slides.

Why Transparent Backgrounds?

Transparent backgrounds allow for a seamless blend of the image with other elements in the slide. For instance, if you have text boxes or shapes on your slides, having transparent image backgrounds can make these elements stand out, thereby creating a more visually striking presentation.

Step-by-Step Guide To Create Transparent Backgrounds

Step 1: Open Google Slides

First, log into your Google account and navigate to Google Slides. Open the presentation where you want to make the image background transparent.

Step 2: Insert the Image

Click on the slide where you want to add the image. Navigate to the menu bar, click on “Insert”, and then “Image”. Choose the image you want to make transparent from your local files or Google Drive.

Step 3: Select the Image

Once the image is inserted on your slide, click on it to select it. You will see small blue squares around the edges of the image, indicating it has been selected.

Step 4: Making the Background Transparent

Unfortunately, Google Slides does not provide a built-in tool for making image backgrounds transparent. But not to worry, Google Drawings, another free tool from Google, comes to our rescue here.

With the image selected, right-click and select “Format options”. In the pane that appears on the right, click on the “Adjustments” tab. You’ll see a transparency slider, but this affects the whole image, not just the background.

To make only the background transparent, we need to use Google Drawings. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on your image and select “Copy”.
  2. Open a new tab and navigate to Google Drawings.
  3. Once there, right-click on the canvas and select “Paste” to insert your copied image.
  4. Select the image, then click on the “Format” option from the toolbar at the top, and then choose “Image” -> “Transparency”.
  5. Use the transparency slider to adjust the image to your desired level of transparency.
  6. Once you’re satisfied with the transparency level, right-click on the image and select “Copy”.
  7. Return to your Google Slides presentation, delete the original image, and paste the newly made transparent image.

And there you have it! You now know how to make image backgrounds transparent in Google Slides using Google Drawings.


Although Google Slides does not come with a built-in tool for making image backgrounds transparent, Google Drawings provides a simple workaround. By following the steps mentioned above, you can add a new level of sophistication to your presentations.

Always remember, the key to a great presentation lies in its ability to communicate visually. Transparent backgrounds on images allow for a seamless blend of your slides’ elements, thereby ensuring your audience stays hooked on your presentation.