Create transparent areas in a picture

You can create a transparent area in most pictures except in animated GIF (animated GIF: A file that contains a series of Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images that are displayed in rapid sequence by some Web browsers to produce an animated effect.) pictures. Make these changes in an animated GIF editing program, and then insert the file again.

  1. Select the picture you want to create transparent areas in.
  2. On the Picture toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Set Transparent Color Button image.

 Note   If the Picture toolbar is not visible, click Toolbars on the View menu, and then click Picture.

  1. Click the color you want to make transparent.

 Note   The Set Transparent Color option is available for bitmap (bitmap: A picture made from a series of small dots, much like a piece of graph paper with certain squares filled in to form shapes and lines. When stored as files, bitmaps usually have the extension .bmp.) pictures that don't already have transparency information. It's also available for some, but not all, clip art (clip art: A single piece of ready-made art, often appearing as a bitmap or a combination of drawn shapes.).

Applies to:
Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003