The other day I was working on a presentation. I was trying to find a way to insert a logo and several symbols into PowerPoint.
But there was a problem. The images all had different background colors, and I needed a uniform look for each one.
You may have already been in the same situation. You have a logo, pictogram, or other type of image that you want to use, but you must remove the background. You may need to add your company logo to a new image, or insert a pictogram in a PowerPoint presentation. You can make the background of an image transparent with professional image processing software such as Photoshop, TechSmith’s Snagit, or various other tools.
Fortunately, the approach is the same regardless of the tool you use. With Snagit, a few steps are enough to quickly remove the background of an image.
How to remove the background of an image
Keep in mind that Snagit is not a sophisticated tool like Photoshop, and may not work with complex images in the background. However, Snagit will be a perfect alternative to Photoshop to remove the background of an image if you do not master high-end tools.
Step 1: Insert the image into the editor
Start by taking a snapshot with Snagit, or by importing an image from the File menu. Images with a white, plain or high-contrast background work best.
Step 2: Then click on the Fill button on the toolbar and choose transparent
If you need to add a transparent fill to your Quick Styles for the first time, it’s pretty simple. Just click on the color fill option and select the transparent fill.
Step 3: Adjust the display tolerance
It is quite easy to adjust the tolerance on this image because it is only in black and white. But sometimes you have an image with a lot of different tones. If you have an image with a lot of similar colors in the background you can end up with a logo or pictograms that fade a bit.
One way to avoid this is to adjust the tolerance of the fill. One percent is the strictest and 100 percent means your entire image will be washed out. You will have to play with tolerance to get the right level of transparency. In the case below, 90 percent produced a good result for this symbol.
Step 4: Click on the background areas you want to delete
If you use a screenshot or PNG image, you will get a transparent background by default. If you are using a JPG image or other format, you will first need to adjust the background color in the Snagit Editor, or the background will become white by default rather than transparent.
To do this, simply click on Image> Canvas Color (on Windows) or Edit> Change Canvas Color (on Mac).
Step 5: Save your image in PNG format
If you do not save your image in PNG format, your background will be white by default.
You have nothing else to do to remove the background of an image. A few clicks are enough and you will have the freedom to create a uniform look for your training materials, marketing messages or presentations.