Preparing Logos with Transparency
Having a Logo with Transparency Allows for Easy Integration
The Set Transparent Color tool will work very well if the logo that you are manipulating has a solid-color background. If the background you are trying to make transparent has a pattern or gradient, this method will only set one color to be transparent, leaving all other colors visible in the images background. To get started, select slide 6.
- Import Logo File
In the Ribbon, click the Insert tab. From the Illustrations group, click the picture icon. Navigate to the Chapter 3 folder that you copied to your computer. Open the Photos folder and select the file 04 American History Logo.jpg. Click the Insert button at the bottom of the window to insert. You’ll notice that the logo imported with a blue, rectangular background that doesn’t quite match the look of the presentation.
- Make the Background Transparent
Select the logo that you’ve just imported. In the Ribbon under Picture Tools, select the Format tab. From the Adjust group, click the Recolor icon A. Click the Set Transparent Color button B. With the Set Transparent Color tool activated, select the solid blue background of the American History logo. The logo should now have a mostly transparent background C.
- Work with Jagged Edges
You’ll notice that there is a slightly jagged blue edge around the logo A. This effect is called aliasing, and it’s a common issue with this method of making the background transparent. However, it’s easy to disguise. Click the Format tab in the Ribbon, select the Picture Effects button, and scroll down to Glow B. In the Glow Variations window, select accent color 3, 8 pt Glow. This will ensure an appropriate glow size to disguise the aliasing issue C. Then select the More Glow Colors button at the bottom of the window and choose a golden yellow color. There still will be some remnants of the former background color if you look closely, but this method should effectively disguise the aliasing problem from anyone viewing the presentation D.