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Chapter 13. Working with Photographic Images > Setting a Transparent Color

13.5. Setting a Transparent Color

The Transparent Color feature can be really useful, but not all pictures support it. It's available for bitmap images (including scans) and for some but not all clip art. For example, suppose you have a scanned photo of your CEO and you want to make the background transparent so it looks like his head is sitting right on the slide. This feature could help you out with that.

Why some clip art images but not others? An image can have only one color set to be transparent, and some clip art images already have their backgrounds set to be transparent. That's why those clips won't work with the Set Transparent Color feature. To check it out, first insert the picture on a slide. Then select the picture, and open the Recolor menu. If the Set Transparent Color option is available, you can set the transparent color by clicking that command, and then clicking the color that you want to make transparent on the picture. If the results are not what you expected, press Ctrl+Z or click the Undo button on the Quick Access Toolbar to choose a different color to be transparent.


  

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