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Greg Faust

The answer is probably "no", but it depends on what you mean.

If you import a picture, Storyline will let you resize, adjust transparency, and apply some basic color and framing effects. These apply to the entire image, though.

Storyline does retain transparency. So, for what it sounds like you want to do, you would need to pull up the image in another piece of software (e.g. Photoshop or GIMP), turn the background transparent, and export the result as an image file that supports transparency.

This resulting image (i.e. a picture where the background region is simply transparent) will work fine in Storyline.

Greg Faust

Meryem M said:

I'm sorry. SL = Storyline. When you click on a picture (image) in Storyline, "Picture Tools" becomes available. Choose "recolor" then "Set transparent color."

Well how about that! The tool isn't nuanced, but you just saved me having to re-render pictures when I forget to turn off the background.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Great tip by Meryem! Also, if y'all have Powerpoint 2010 or later (not sure about 2007), it includes a Remove Background feature which, while probably not as powerful as full-fledged photo programs, can do a really good job in many situations.

Here's a Tom Kuhlman post that mentions it and a Microsoft link as well.