If you want to place text in front of an image in Google Slides, you want to increase the transparency of that image so that the text is easier to read. You can do this in just a few clicks.
How to adjust image transparency in Google Slides
To get started, open your Google Slides presentation and go to the slide that contains the image you want to make transparent. If you haven’t already submitted an image, you can do so by clicking Insert> Image and then selecting the location from which you want to upload the image.
Related: How to edit images in Google Slides
Once the image is inserted, select it by clicking with your mouse. When selected, a blue box will appear around the image.
Once selected, right-click the image and then select “Format Options” from the context menu.
Alternatively, you can click “Format” in the menu bar and then select “Format Options” from the bottom of the drop-down menu.
Either way, the Format Options pane will appear on the right side of the window. Click the right arrow to the left of the “Adjustment” option to expand the menu.
You should now see the option to adjust the transparency of the selected image. To do so, click and drag the box across the slider. Dragging the box to the right increases transparency, while dragging it to the left reduces it. Transparency is set to 0 by default.
Adjust the slider until you get the image transparency exactly as you want.
That’s all there is to adjusting the transparency of your image in Google Slides. While very useful for most cases, it lacks some fine tuning that you can find in PowerPoint to make images transparent – such as adjusting specific parts of the image instead of the whole thing.
Related: How to make a picture transparent in Microsoft PowerPoint