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Change picture into transparent at Visio2013

Hi There is a picture in Visio2013. Is it possible for us to change the picture into transparent one? It means removing any background color etc and characters of the picture are left? Thank you
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
One thing that may work is to save the image as a file type that allows you to set a background color. PNG allows you to do this.

For example, File>Export>Change File Type>PNG, the select the background color that you want to become transparent as shown here: pngIf the image is complex and has multiple background colors you may need to find a solution outside of Visio but this will work when there is just a single background color. (Note the More Colors option in case your particular background color isn't one of the ones in the sample set.)
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Visio_GuyCommented:
Hi Eemoon,

If you've got PowerPoint or Word or Excel, they have a nifty Remove Background tool on the left side of the Picture Tools/Format ribbon tab.

So you could copy your image from Visio, paste to PowerPoint then use the tool. The tool lets you simply mark areas that are to be transparent, and it removes them. You don't have to painstakingly trace anything.

Here I've taken a screenshot of this post, and removed all background except the user silhouette in the circle.

PowerPoint's Remove Background Tool
Copy from PowerPoint, then paste as picture or enhanced metafile (Right-click > Paste > Special), then use Visio's crop tool if there is too much "clear space" surrounding the shape.

Or download the free/donate Paint.Net program, and use the Magic Wand tool to select and delete a background. Save the image as a PNG to preserve the transparency, then import into Visio.
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