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This is the sixteenth in a series of quick video tips for business managers using PowerPoint by guest blogger Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint.
[Note: In his last video in the series, Bruce Gabrielle showed you how to make an image within an image stand out. Here's the next step.]
How do you crop the background out of photos, leaving behind an irregular shape like a coffee cup, stop sign or even a human being? Here's one way--use the drawing tools in PowerPoint.
Nice tutorial. But I do not understand, why he does not use the built-in Crop tool of Office 2010? I suspected that the photo might not provide enough contrast for the tool to work well, so I made a screenshot and tried it myself. It works like a charm. Only some minor corrections (include watch, exclude next guy's trousers) were needed.
There are other built-in tools to remove the background. Sometimes they work well. Sometimes they are fussy and require a lot of adjusting. I prefer to just draw around the image I want to capture, as shown in this tutorial. It's fast. But you should use whichever tools you prefer. PowerPoint has many options!