How To Make Photo Background Transparent In Google Slides

Creating engaging presentations requires a touch of creativity, and Google Slides offers various tools to spice things up. One such tool is the ability to make a photo background transparent. This technique is especially useful if you want to overlay pictures without a clashing background or create a custom design. This blog post will guide you through this simple process step-by-step.

1. Choose Your Image

To start, you must first have an image to work with. It can be any image on your slide. It is important to note, however, that the simpler the image, the better the results will be when you remove the background.

2. Open Google Slides

Navigate to Google Slides and open the presentation where you want to make your image background transparent. Click on the slide where the image is located.

3. Selecting the Image

Click on the image you want to work with. Once selected, you will see a blue box with various options at the top.

4. Adjust Image Options

Click on Format Options which you’ll find in the toolbar. A sidebar will appear on the right side of the screen.

5. Making the Photo Background Transparent

In the sidebar, click on Adjustments. Here, you will see a slider for Transparency. You can drag it to adjust the level of transparency you want for your background. The more you drag it to the right, the more transparent the image becomes. Once you are satisfied with the transparency, click anywhere outside the sidebar to close it.


While Google Slides does not have a dedicated tool for removing the background of an image entirely, you can make the whole image (including the background) semi-transparent with the above steps. If you want to completely remove the background, you might need to use external tools like Photoshop or free online image editors before uploading the image to Google Slides.

If you’re looking to have more control over the transparency of your images, consider using an image editing tool to adjust the transparency and then upload the edited image to Google Slides.


Making a photo background transparent in Google Slides is a straightforward process. It not only adds a touch of professionalism to your presentation but also makes it visually appealing. Remember, the key is to experiment with different levels of transparency until you achieve your desired result.

Happy designing!