[R] "transparent" background for PDF

Francisco J. Zagmutt gerifalte28 at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 24 23:09:48 CET 2006

Hi Dennis

Out of curiosity, how did you import the pdf to Power Point?  I am running 
windows so it may be different (and completelly irrelevant to you!) but when 
I want to place a pdf image in a PPT slide I copy the file to the clipboard 
and then paste it in Power Point.  Then in Power Point you can right click 
on the image-> show picture toolbar and then use the tool "Set Transparent 
Color".  That will give you a transparent background but you may not get be 
the best quality, so in general I prefer to save the image as a bmp or some 
other format and then insert that into Power Point directly using the Insert 
menu in PPT.

I hope this helps


>From: Jari Oksanen <jari.oksanen at oulu.fi>
>To: Dennis Fisher <fisher at plessthan.com>
>CC: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
>Subject: Re: [R] "transparent" background for PDF
>Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 21:11:52 +0200
>On 24 Mar 2006, at 20:30, Dennis Fisher wrote:
> > Colleagues
> >
> > Running R2.2.1 on either a Linux (RedHat 9) or Mac (10.4) platform.
> >
> > I created a PDF document using pdf("FILENAME.pdf", bg="transparent",
> > version="1.4").  I then imported the graphic into PowerPoint -
> > background was set to a non-transparent color.  I was hoping that the
> > inserted graphic would be transparent - instead, it had a white
> > background.
>According to my experience, this is a "feature" of PowerPoint which
>seems to be incapable to display transparent background in PDF. This
>also concerns transparent background PDF's from other programmes than
>R. This experience is from Linux & Mac (pdf) and PP in Mac (never tried
>that with PowerPoint on Linux...).
>cheers, jari oksanen
>Jari Oksanen, Oulu, Finland
>R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch mailing list
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