How To Make Image Transparent In Google Slides

In this blog post, we intend to guide you on how to make an image transparent using Google Slides. This feature is quite handy when you want to blend an image with the slide’s background or simply to soften the image’s intensity. Although Google Slides doesn’t provide a direct feature to adjust image transparency, we have a simple workaround that utilizes Google Slides’ Shape Fill functionality. Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Insert an Image

The first step is to insert an image in the Google Slides. To do this, go to the Insert menu, select Image, and then choose where to source your image from. You can upload an image from your computer or search from Google images. Place your image in the desired position on your slide.

Step 2: Insert a Shape

Next, you will overlay your image with a shape. To do this, head over to the Insert menu, select Shape, and then choose a shape that best fits your image’s dimensions (usually a rectangle).

Step 3: Adjust the Shape Size

Adjust the shape size to cover the image entirely. To do this, simply click and drag the corners of the shape until it completely overlays the image.

Step 4: Change the Shape Fill

Now, let’s change the fill of the shape to the desired color. Right-click on the shape, select Format options, in the pane that opens, click on Fill color, and then select the same color as your slide’s background.

Step 5: Adjust the Transparency

This is where we implement the transparency. Still in the Format options, adjust the transparency slider to the desired level. As you slide to the right, the shape becomes more transparent, allowing the underlying image to show through and thus creating the illusion of image transparency.

[hightlight]Be aware, however, that this method works best when the slide’s background color is solid and matches the color you select for the shape.[/highlight]


There you have it! Even without a direct feature to make images transparent in Google Slides, with a little trickery involving shapes and color matching, you can achieve the desired effect. This is another reminder that creativity and innovation can extend the functionality of our everyday tools, even in ways the original designers didn’t explicitly provide for. Enjoy your image editing in Google Slides!