Black and White to Color Photo Animations in PowerPoint 2003-2007

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Insert Photo into PowerPoint

Insert a picture in PowerPoint 2007
Insert a picture in PowerPoint 2007. screen shot © Wendy Russell

See the Sample Black and White to Color Photo Animation

Notes

  • Screen shots for this tutorial are for PowerPoint 2007 only. Steps for PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions are similar, and are listed below in text only.

  • Best practice in all versions of PowerPoint is to first optimize your photos to the desired size you want before inserting them in your slide show. This reduces both the visual size and the file size of the photos.

  • If you want your photo to cover the entire slide, optimize your photo to be 7.5 inches high by 10 inches wide. PowerPoint 2007 will do this automatically when you insert a large photo onto a slide. However, this must be done manually in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions.

  • PowerPoint 2007 compresses all pictures by default. This is not the case in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier. If you did not optimize your photos first, you can compress all the photos in your presentation at one time. However, this feature is not available in all earlier versions of PowerPoint.
  • PowerPoint 2007
    1. Choose a blank slide layout.
    2. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
    3. Click on Picture.
    4. Locate the picture on your computer.
    5. Click the Insert button.
  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier
    1. Choose a blank slide layout.
    2. Choose Insert > Picture > From File... from the menu.
    3. Locate the picture on your computer.
    4. Click the Insert button.
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Change the Photo to Grayscale in PowerPoint

Convert pictures to grayscale in PowerPoint 2007
Convert pictures to grayscale in PowerPoint 2007. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Grayscale or Black and White?

What we perceive to be a "black and white" photo is actually a photo that has a multitude of gray tones as well. A true black and white photo would have only those two colors present. In this exercise we will change the photo to grayscale.

  • PowerPoint 2007
    1. Click on the photo to select it.
    2. If the Picture Tools are not immediately shown, click on the Picture Tools button just above the ribbon.
    3. Click the drop down list on the Recolor button.
    4. Select Grayscale from the list of recolor options.
    5. Insert a second copy of the photo following the same process as outlined on the previous page. PowerPoint will insert this new copy of the photo exactly on top of the grayscale photo, which is mandatory for this process to work. This new photo will remain as a color photo.
  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier
    1. Right click on the picture and choose Format Picture...
    2. The Picture tab in the Format Picture dialog box should be selected. If not, click on it now.
    3. In the section under Image Control click the drop down arrow beside Color.
    4. Select Grayscale.
    5. Click OK.
    6. Insert a second copy of the photo following the same process outlined on the previous page. PowerPoint will insert this new copy of the photo exactly on top of the grayscale photo, which is mandatory for this process to work. This new photo will remain as a color photo.
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Add the Fade Animation to the Color Photo

Picture animations in PowerPoint 2007
Picture animations in PowerPoint 2007. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Fade Into the Color Photo

Applying a custom animation to the upper, color photo will allow the black and white photo to fade into the color photo.

  • PowerPoint 2007
    1. Click on the color photo.
    2. On the Animations tab of the ribbon, click the Custom Animations button.
    3. In the Custom Animations task pane on the right of the screen, click Add Effect > Entrance > Fade. (If Fade is not in the list of effects, click the More Effects... option and select Fade from the list).
  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier
    1. Right click on the color photo.
    2. From the shortcut menu, choose Custom Animation....
    3. In the Custom Animation task pane on the right of the screen, click Add Effect > Entrance > Fade. (If Fade is not in the list of effects, click the More Effects... option and select Fade from the list).
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Time the Photo Animation to Change from Black and White to Color

Timing the photo animation from black and white to color in PowerPoint
Timing the photo animation from black and white to color in PowerPoint. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Timing the Change from Black and White to Color

The desired effect in this slide show is for the black and white photo to change to color as you watch. To do this, timings must be set on the color photo.

  • PowerPoint 2007 / 2003
    1. Click on the color picture to select it.
    2. In the Custom Animations task pane, click the drop down arrow beside the animation in the list. This is the Fade animation you set on the previous page.
    3. Select Timing... from the list.
    4. In the dialog box that appears, make the following settings -
      • Start: With Previous
      • Set the Delay: to 1.5 or 2 seconds
    5. Click OK.
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Add a Fade Transition for a Smoother Look to the Slide Show

Apply the Fade Smoothly transition to all slides in PowerPoint 2007
Apply the Fade Smoothly transition to all slides. screen shot © Wendy Russell

Fade Smoothly From One Slide to the Next

In addition to adding a Fade animation to the color photo to change from black and white to color, you will want to make smooth transitions from one slide to the next.

  • PowerPoint 2007
    1. On the Animations tab of the ribbon, select the Fade Smoothly transition.
    2. Set the transition speed to Medium if it is not already set.
    3. Set the slide to advance Automatically After: and choose the appropriate number of seconds for one slide to advance to the next. In this example I chose to advance the slide after 7 seconds.
    4. Click the Apply to All button.
    5. Lastly, to add a more polished look to your presentation, you may want to end your slide show with a black slide.
  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier
    1. Choose Slide Show > Slide Transition
    2. Scroll in the list in the task pane on the right of the screen to select Fade Smoothly.
    3. Change the speed of the transition to Medium.
    4. In the Advance slide section, use the arrows to select approximately 7 seconds (more or less is fine depending on your selection of pictures), or type the number in manually.
    5. Click the Apply to All Slides button.
    6. Lastly, to add a more polished look to your presentation, you may want to end your slide show with a black slide.
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Black and White to Color Sample Photo Animation Using PowerPoint

Video of changing pictures from black and white to color in PowerPoint
Video of changing pictures from black and white to color in PowerPoint. Video © Wendy Russell

Viewing the Photo Effects

To see the photo effects from black and white to color, press the F5 key on the keyboard to start the slide show.

Animated Photo Sample

The above animated GIF shows the effect you can create in PowerPoint using custom animations to make a photo appear to change from black and white to color as you watch.

Note - The actual animation in PowerPoint will be much smoother than this short video clip portrays.

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