Create a ghost image effect in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016
A ghost image effect is really wonderful and memorable. This effect is extremely popular now in Photoshop and other graphical applications. But even in PowerPoint you can create a ghost-like see-trough image in a few easy steps:
A ghost image effect in PowerPoint 2016

To create a ghost image effect, do the following:

    1.    Add the picture to your slide and remove the background (see Adjusting Picture Characteristics).

Note: Sometimes this procedure can be quite complicated, especially if the selected figure or item merges strongly with the background. So, you can manually add or remove areas by using the appropriate buttons from the Background Removal tab:

Background Removal in PowerPoint 2016

For example:

Remove the background in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    Add the second picture that will be as a background and add the transparency effect:

    2.1.    Right-click on the picture and choose Format Picture... in the popup menu:

Format Picture in popup menu PowerPoint 2016

    2.2.    On the Format Picture pane, on the Picture group, in the Picture Transparency section, change the Transparency parameter:

Picture Transparency in PowerPoint 2016

You will see the first picture with the ghost image effect:

Example of the Picture Transparency in PowerPoint 2016

Notes:

  1. To create more effective picture, you can duplicate them and use different effects for different layers.

    For example:

    • To create a sharper background image, copy it and bring it to Back with no transparency effect:
      Example of the Picture Transparency 2 in PowerPoint 2016
    • To create a sharper ghost image, copy it and bring it to Front with a stronger transparency effect:
      Example of the Picture Transparency 3 in PowerPoint 2016
  2. To easily work with layers in PowerPoint, use the Selection pane.

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