How to Highlight Part of an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint?

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Microsoft PowerPoint offers a range of useful features for creating effective presentations, including image-editing tools. In this tutorial, we’ll demonstrate how to highlight a part of a picture from the rest so that your audience will focus where you want them to. By using these techniques, you can really make your images stand out.


Applying basic editing principles to PowerPoint presentations can create some powerful visuals. To do this, you need to isolate the elements you want to highlight and darken or blur out the background. Here’s a quick look at how it’s done – no Photoshop required!

Step 1:

To add a picture to your PowerPoint presentation, begin by opening the program. Then click Insert > Pictures > This Device… and choose the desired image.


Step 2:

Determine the area of focus. For instance, we will highlight the bee in this example.


Step 3:

To create an oval shape, go to Insert in the top menu bar, select Shapes from the dropdown list, then click on Oval.


Step 4:

To create a circular highlight on an area, press and hold Shift while dragging the cursor to form a circle. Release the mouse button to finish drawing. Make sure you are selecting the desired area to be emphasized.]


Step 5:

It’s important to make sure the background is chosen before selecting the circle. In order for this step of the process to be successful, use ‘Ctrl’ and click on the circle after selecting the background. Doing it in reverse won’t work correctly.


Step 6:

Navigate to the Shape Format menu, then select Merge Shapes, and finally Fragment.


Step 7:

The careful separation of the picture has resulted in two distinct halves. You now have your desired output.


Step 8:

When choosing the background, deselect the circle option.


Step 9:

Picture Format provides options to customize images. Effects available include Corrections, Color, Artistic Effects and Transparency. Multiple effects can be applied simultaneously to create a unique finished product.

Step 10:

At this stage of the process, the circle image is preserved. The outcome should be similar to what you see here. However, we can take it one step further if desired.


Step 11:

To move the circular shape to the front, select it and then call up the context menu with a right-click. Choose “Bring to Front” from that menu.


Step 12:

For those wanting to adjust the border of their pictures, go to Picture Format > Picture Border. Choose the color and weight level desired for a finished look.


Step 13:

Using the background and circle selections, you’re about to finish up. You can right-click either selection and choose Group to make them easier to move, although this is completely optional. Once you’ve done that, you’ll almost be done!


Step 14:

Well done! It looks like you successfully designed a highlight effect in PowerPoint.

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