Category Archives: transparency

Weekend Activity: Propose with PowerPoint

Speak from your heart. Create this amazing graphic in few minutes and impress your beloved!

The output

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The text is transparent. So you can put some background animation and it will show through the text.

How to do it?

Watch this 2.5 minute video to find out how easy it is.

It uses a new feature (PowerPoint 2013) where you can use two objects (shapes or text) and subtract one from another.

View this in YouTube with 480 p resolution in full screen mode to see menu selections and actions with greater clarity.

Heart inscribed with text

How to enhance it further?

Add some animated background behind it and the impact is amplified thousand times!

Here is a sample for you to download and learn from.

See what you can achieve in just 109 kb of presentation! Download

propose with Powerpoint

Tight Wrap in Word – How to wrap text around images with irregular borders

In the last post, I had posted a quiz. We already have a winner (Nicholas) and the gift will be sent to him.

The question was the difference between SQUARE and TIGHT wrap around a picture or object in Word.

If the picture is rectangular – which most pictures are – there is no visual difference.

But if the picture has an irregular shape, TIGHT option wraps around the shape and SQUARE wraps around the rectangle.

Here is the difference…

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Things are much simpler if it is an irregular shaped clipart…

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Question: How do you create a picture with irregular borders?

Most pictures have rectangular border. If the picture has a transparency around an object, it has irregular borders. Most standard pictures, captured from cameras or downloaded from Microsoft Clipart are rectangular with NO transparency.

So how do you create transparency to retain what we want?

Here is an example.  The original picture in the above logo was like this – with a white background. (I have put a border to illustrate the boundary of the picture)

MaxOffice - Only image - white background

The white area around the actual logo is unwanted – and therefore, should be transparent. How do we do that?

  1. Click on the picture (double clicking the pictures opens the menu)
  2. Choose Picture Tools menu
  3. Choose Remove background (Office 2010 and above)
  4. Now PowerPoint attempts to guess what could be the foreground and what should be removed. It indicates the outcome as an altered image as shown below. The pink portions would be removed (make them transparent) and rest would be kept.image
  5. Readjust the inner rectangle to enclose the logo completely within it. Click on Keep Changes Button.Remove background
  6. Now it is a transparent picture. Whatever was shown in pink color has been converted to transparency.
  7. Now using the TIGHT option wraps text around the irregular shape.Tight wrap in Word

Refine the wrapping with Edit Wrap Points

Tight wrap edit wrap points

Next article

We will cover the amazing Remove Background feature of PowerPoint in detail.