Formatting Pictures

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Removing the background from an image

Video: Background Removal in Word 2010

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Removing the background from an image can give your images a cleaner appearance. If you're printing your document, it can also save ink.

About Background Removal

With Background Removal, Word uses special algorithms to determine which parts of the image are the background and then removes these areas from the image.

Before removing background Before
After removing background After

To remove the background from an image:

  1. Click the image. The Format tab will appear.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click the Remove Background command.
    The Remove Background command The Remove Background command
  4. Word will try to guess which part of the image is the background, and it will mark the area with a magenta fill. It will also place a box around the image with selection handles.
    Background areas are marked with magenta Background areas are marked with magenta
  5. Drag the selection handles until all of the foreground is inside the box. After you do this, Word may readjust the background.
  6. At this point, you may need to help Word decide which parts of the image are foreground and which parts are background. You can do this by using the Mark Areas to Keep and Mark Areas to Remove commands.
    • If Word has marked part of the foreground magenta, click Mark Areas to Keep and draw a line in that region of the image.
    • If part of the background has not been marked with magenta, click Mark Areas to Remove and draw a line in that region of the image.
    Marking areas to remove Marking areas to remove
  7. After you add your marks, Word will readjust the image.
    After adding markings After adding markings
  8. When you're satisfied with the image, click Keep Changes. All of the magenta areas will be removed from the image.
    The finished image The finished image
  9. You can adjust the image at any time by clicking the Remove Background command again.

As with artistic effects, Background Removal will not work with some clip art images.