Creating Clip Art Images with Backgrounds Removed
Most of you know how much I enjoy embellishing my handouts, PowerPoint lessons, and even emails with clipart. Visual art adds color, interest and even a bit of humor to my lessons as well as communication with staff, students and parents. It introduces a topic, a tone or an intention even before words are read.
This flyer was created with a Google image background with a Google clip art snowman and a picture of me taken in the LMC with the background removed.
Whether you are in Word, PowerPoint or Publisher, you can follow the same routine. It takes a couple of extra steps, but once mastered, actually provide more flexibility. Here are the steps:
(1) Use Google or Bing to search for an locate clip art,
(2) Select, copy and paste the clip art into your document,
(3) While that picture is "hot" (it is highlighted with dots), look for the fuchsia "Picture Tools" option above the tool bar.
(4) On the far left, select the "Remove Background" button.
(5) Remove the extra background that did not read as removed, and add the portions that were errantly removed.
Here is an example of a snowman transported from a tranquil farm field to the streets of New York:
If you would like a one-on-one or team tutorial regarding clip art and background removal, please stop by or drop me an email.