Blur a picture in word or powerpoint

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, và most recently as CMO và technical staff writer at StorageReview. He"s currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, & spends what little không tính phí time he has learning Japanese. Read more...

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If your background image is drawing unnecessary attention, or you need to lớn blur part of an image that contains sensitive information, you can vì so directly in PowerPoint. We’ll show you how.


Blur an Entire Image

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First, xuất hiện PowerPoint & navigate to lớn the slide containing the image you want khổng lồ blur. Select the image, và that automatically opens the “Picture Format” tab.

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Next, select “Artistic Effects” from the “Adjust” group.

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In the drop-down menu that appears, click the Blur option.

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Your image in its entirety is now blurred. If it’s not as blurry as you’d like, you can adjust it manually. Back in the “Artistic Effects” drop-down menu, select “Artistic Effects Options.”

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The “Format Picture” pane appears on the right side of the window. Under “Artistic Effects,” find the bar next khổng lồ “Radius” và drag the setting khổng lồ the right to increase the blurriness of the image until you’re happy with it.

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What if you only want khổng lồ blur a specific part of an image instead of the entire picture? While it’s not a straightforward process, there is a way you can do it.

Blur Part of an Image

As Office states, there’s not a blur tool explicitly designed lớn blur part of an image. This trick requires a little manipulation of the other tools.


The first thing you need to vì chưng is insert a shape that covers the area of the photo you want to lớn blur. You can use one of the default shapes from the “Illustrations” group on the “Insert” tab, or you can draw a freeform shape.

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Once you have your shape, adjust it khổng lồ cover the part of the image you want to blur.

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After you insert the shape, you’re moved to the “Shape Format” tab. In the “Shape Styles” group, select “Shape Fill,” và then select “Eyedropper” from the drop-down menu.

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This allows you to lớn choose a part of the image that is close to the màu sắc you want to lớn make the shape.


Next, head back over khổng lồ the “Shape Styles” group of the “Shape Format” tab. Click “Shape Effects,” and then select “Soft Edges” from the drop-down thực đơn that appears.

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A sub-menu appears showcasing several different soft edge variations. Choose one that works best for you. For this example, we selected the 25-point variation.

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That specific part of the image should now appear blurred without drawing unnecessary attention.

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Now, we need to lớn group the image and shape so they stay together if you need to lớn adjust something else later. To vì this, hold the ctrl key và click both objects.

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Now, in the “Picture Format” tab, select “Group” from the “Arrange” section. In the drop-down menu, click “Group.”

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The two objects are now joined together. This allows you khổng lồ adjust the background while the blurry shape stays in the correct location.


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Marshall GunnellMarshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, và most recently as CMO và technical staff writer at StorageReview. He"s currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, & spends what little không tính tiền time he has learning Japanese. Read Full Bio »
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