How to Blur Images in PowerPoint

A blurred image of a presentation

While PowerPoint isn’t an image editor, you can use it to tweak the images in your presentation. To blur your images in PowerPoint, follow this guide.

You wouldn’t think to use PowerPoint as an image editor, but it has a few hidden tools up its sleeve.

For instance, you might want to know how to blur an image in PowerPoint. This could help you remove a name, branding, signature, or other sensitive content from an image. You can then continue to use the image in your presentation.

You’ll need to know where to look, however. If you’re unsure, here’s how to blur an image in PowerPoint.

How to Blur Part of an Image in PowerPoint

There’s no official tool that allows you to blur part of an image in a PowerPoint presentation. Instead, you’ll need to use a combination of shapes and other features to do it.

To blur part of an image in PowerPoint:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Press Insert > Shapes and select a suitable shape that’ll cover your image.
    Inserting a shape in PowerPoint
  3. Draw the image onto your slide and place it over the area of the image you want to blur.
  4. If you want to design a custom shape, press Insert > Shapes, select one of the freeform line options, and draw the custom shape onto the slide instead.
    Drawing a shape in PowerPoint
  5. With the shape in place, select it.
  6. In the Shape Format tab, press Shape Fill.
  7. Select the Eyedropper option from the menu.
    Using the eyedropper tool in Excel
  8. Use the eyedropper to select a color from your background image—this will allow the shape to blend in with it.
  9. Afterward, press Shape Effects > Soft Edges and choose one of the soft edge variations from the drop-down menu.
    Setting soft edges to a shape in PowerPoint

With the changes above made, the shape will cover and blur an area of your image. If you want to restore the image, delete the shape—the image behind it will return to normal.

How to Blur an Entire Image in PowerPoint

It’s much easier to blur an entire image in PowerPoint—you can do this from the Picture Format menu.

To blur an entire image in PowerPoint:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Select your image.
  3. If you aren’t switched automatically, select Picture Format from the ribbon.
  4. In the Picture Format menu, select Artistic Effects.
  5. Choose the Blur option in the drop-down menu—the blur effect will appear across your entire image.
    Blurring an entire image in PowerPoint
  6. To increase or decrease the blurring effect, press Artistic Effects > Artistic Effects Options.
    Editing the image artistic effects options in PowerPoint
  7. In the Format Picture menu, increase or decrease the Radius value. Increasing the value will increase the blur effect while decreasing the value will decrease it.
    Adjusting the artistic effects radius in PowerPoint

Creating Impressive PowerPoint Presentations

The steps above should allow you to quickly blur an image in PowerPoint. This isn’t the only thing you can do in PowerPoint, however.

You may decide to add audio to your presentation for quick and easy narration. You can also change your slide sizes or consider using slide transitions to create more unique presentations.

Want to switch from PowerPoint? You can easily convert a PowerPoint presentation to Google Slides to edit your presentation for free online.

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