Blur Text on a PowerPoint Slide to Create Interesting Effects
by Avantix Learning Team | Updated September 7, 2023
Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 and 365 (Windows)
Blur is an artistic effect that you can apply to a picture in PowerPoint. However, artistic effects cannot be applied to text boxes or text placeholders. If you want to blur text in PowerPoint, you'll need to cut the text object and then paste it back into PowerPoint as a picture. You will then be able to blur the text.
You can create some interesting effects if you combine animation with blur such as making clear text changing to blurred text and vice versa.
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Note: Some Ribbon tabs may appear with slightly different names if you are working on Office 365 and have a smaller screen or different display settings.
Apply a blur effect to text
To apply a blur effect to a text object:
- In Normal View, select the text object by clicking its edge.
- Press Ctrl + X to cut it. You can also press Ctrl + C to copy it.
- Click on the slide and then click Paste on the Home tab in the Ribbon. A drop-down menu appears.
- Select Paste Special. A dialog box appears.
- Select PNG and click OK or press Enter. PNG has a transparent background so it's usually the best choice. You cannot apply blur to some of these image formats.
- Click the picture.
- Click the Picture Tools Format or Picture Format tab in the Ribbon and select Artistic Effects in the Adjust group. A drop-down menu appears.
- Select Blur (the last option in the second row).
You may still need to delete the original placeholder.
Select PNG in the Paste Special dialog box (although you can use other formats, PNG has a transparent background):
Blur appears in the Artistic Effects drop-down menu:
Adjust the blur
You can adjust the blur applied to a picture using the Format Picture task pane:
- Right-click the blurred image and select Format Picture. A task pane appears.
- Click the Effects button at the top of the task pane.
- Click the arrow beside Artistic Effects to expand it.
- Drag the slider line beside Radius to increase the blur.
Below is the Format Picture task pane:
You can achieve some interesting effects with blur with different types of images.
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