In my last post, I mentioned I was working on a Jeopardy game in PowerPoint. In this game I want to present a series of visual clues before the answer is revealed. The audience is presented with the foreign cover for a popular book and has to guess the name of the book.
I want to slowly reveal the English book cover, by gradually making the foreign cover more transparent. With this particular cover, I also wanted to crop the foreign cover image to reveal additional clues. Each clue will be revealed by a click of the mouse.
Hmm is this a problem? I can not control image transparency in PowerPoint, there is no option for this in the Picture Tools menu.
Nope, no problem at all. You can control image transparency by:
- Create a shape the same dimensions as your picture.
- Remove the outline for the shape.
- Change the fill option to Picture or Texture Fill and insert the picture file.
- Transparency will now be available
Its’ interesting that placing a picture inside a shape allows you to manipulate that picture as if it was a shape. This concept allows me to play with things like irregularly shaped (non-rectangular) images as well.
This post is originally from 2018, looking at PowerPoint 2016. Our options for pictures and transparency have improved since then.
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