Merge Images in PowerPoint – like Photoshop

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Learn to merge two images with PowerPoint to create a Photoshop effect. Use the technique to create attractive title slides for your business presentations.

Here is the result of merging two images in PowerPoint:

Merging two images in PowerPoint

We definitely didn’t use Photoshop to achieve the result. In this article, we will show you how to create the same effect by combing any two pictures in PowerPoint.

Trick behind the merge:

The trick behind the merging of images is – increasing the transparency levels of one of the images and placing it on top of another image. Though PowerPoint doesn’t allow you to increase the transparency levels of pictures, we will create a simple workaround to achieve the result. Let us go through the process in a step by step way.

Insert a picture in PowerPoint:

Picture Merge Step 1


This will be the base image on which we will place the second picture with the effect. Draw a rectangle on top of the image to cover the entire image end to end:

Picture Merge Step 2


Select the image and go to ‘Shape Fill’ option. Choose ‘Fill picture’ option in the drop down menu. Select the image you want to superimpose on the first image.

Image to SuperImpose Step 3


Remove the outline. Right click on the new image and go to Format shape. In Fill option select Transparency. Increase the transparency level till you can see the underlying image. When you are happy with the result, you are done.

Final Merged Image in PowerPoint


Here is a variation of the image:

Variation of Merged Image


You can use this effect to create a PowerPoint concept by combining relevant images. Take a look at the following merged diagram for example:

Conceptual PowerPoint Image


The technique is also useful to add textures to images. Here is an example of handmade paper texture effect. You can use the image as background for your slides:

Hand Drawn Texture


Related: Hand Drawn Chart effect in PowerPoint

You can also use the inbuilt texture fill options under Fill Shape tab to create new effects. See this crumpled photo effect created using a texture fill:

Crumpled Photo effect


So, even though you can’t increase transparency of pictures in PowerPoint, you can work around by drawing a shape and filling the shape with picture. Since you can change the transparency levels of ‘shape fill’ you can achieve the result you want.

Smarter option for busy presenters:

The technique you learned in this article will help you make better title slides. However, if you are a busy business presenter, you may not have the time to play around with various options of PowerPoint to create interesting title slides.

That is why we came up with our readymade PowerPoint Templates Bundle for business presentations. Here are some sample slides from the Bundle:

Animated Title Slide from Comprehensive All In One Bundle 2.0
Animated title template with pictures
Animated Picture and text slide

All the templates above are from the Comprehensive All In One Bundle 2.0. They are fully editable templates. So you can replace the pictures, edit the text, change the animations and more.

The Bundle has 4200 templates across different categories from Title, Agenda, Lists, Timelines, Concepts, Models, Data-Driven charts to Morph Transition templates. Find out more about this Bundle here >>

Hope you found this article useful. There are more such PowerPoint workarounds and effects in this section…

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