Grayscale and Color Picture Effects in PowerPoint 2010

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Color Picture Effect on a Grayscale Image in PowerPoiunt 2010

Change a color picture to color and grayscale in PowerPoint
Change a color picture to color and grayscale in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

Color Picture Effect on a Grayscale Image in PowerPoint 2010

Many times I have seen (and I am sure that you have too), a picture that is part black and white and part color and wondered how to get this picture effect. PowerPoint 2010 makes this an easy task to complete in a few minutes, without special photo editing software, such as Photoshop.

Note - A picture that we talk about as being "black and white" is actually what is known as grayscale.

This short tutorial will take you through the steps to create a picture on a slide that is a combination of color and grayscale.

Next - Remove Picture Background

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Remove Background of Picture on PowerPoint Slide

Remove background from color picture in PowerPoint
Remove background from color picture in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

Insert a Picture on the Slide

For this example tutorial, we will insert a picture to cover the whole slide. However, this method will work on any size of picture.

Note - For best results:
• Choose a picture that is already in landscape layout. This will ensure that the whole slide can be covered with no slide background color showing as well.
• Choose a picture with the focus on an object that has crisp and well-defined lines as its outline. In the example picture shown above, the large rose is the focal point of the picture.
  1. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. In the Images section of the ribbon, (towards the left side) click on the Picture button.
  3. Navigate to the location on your computer where you have saved the picture and insert that picture.
  4. Resize the picture if necessary, to cover the whole slide (optional).

Remove Background of the Color Picture

  1. Click on the color picture to select it.
  2. Make sure that the Picture Tools toolbar is visible. If not, click on the Picture Tools button above the Format tab of the ribbon.
  3. In the Adjust section, at the left end of the Picture Tools toolbar, click on the Remove Background button.
  4. The focal point of the picture should remain, while the remainder of the picture on the slide is turned a magenta shade.
  5. Drag the selection handles to enlarge or reduce the focus section as required.

Next - Make Minor Adjustments to Slide Photo With Background Removed

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Sample Slide with Background Removed

Color picture with background removed in PowerPoint
Color picture with background removed in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

Sample Slide with Background Removed from Color Picture

Once the background has been removed, (the magenta section of the picture), you may notice that some aspects of the picture were not removed as you had hoped, or too many parts were removed. This is easily corrected.

  • The Background Removal toolbar appears above the slide. The buttons do the following tasks.

    • Mark Areas to Keep - Click this button and then click on areas of the background that you wish to keep as part of the focal point of the picture.
    • Mark Areas to Remove - Click this button and then click on areas of the background that you wish to remove as they are not part of the focal point of the picture.
    • Delete Mark - Click this button and then click on an area of the background that you have marked by mistake.
    • Discard All Changes - Click this button if you are unhappy with the result so far.
    • Keep Changes - Click this button when you are happy with the result.

Next - Convert Picture to Grayscale

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Convert PowerPoint Picture to Grayscale

Change picture from color to grayscale in PowerPoint
Change picture from color to grayscale in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

Insert Duplicate Color Picture on Top of Image with Background Removed

The next step is to stack a copy of the original color picture on top of the picture now showing only the focal point (in this example, the focal point is the large rose).

  1. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. Insert a copy of the original color picture on top of the picture with background removed. Refer to the previous instructions for inserting a picture, if you need to refresh your memory.

Note - It is very important to make sure the newly inserted picture is stacked exactly on top of the first picture and is identical in size.

Convert Picture to Grayscale

  1. Click on the picture on the slide to select it.
  2. You should see that the buttons on the ribbon have changed to the Picture Tools. If this is not the case, click on the Picture Tools button, above the Format tab on the ribbon, to activate it.
  3. In the Adjust section of the Picture Tools toolbar, click on the Color button.
  4. From the drop down menu that appears, click on the second option in the first row of the Recolor section. (The tooltip Grayscale should appear as you hover over the button if you are unsure.)
  5. The picture should now be converted to grayscale.

Next - Send Grayscale Picture Behind Color Picture

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Send Grayscale Picture Behind Color Picture

Move grayscale picture to back on the PowerPoint slide
Move grayscale picture to back on the PowerPoint slide. © Wendy Russell

Send Grayscale Picture Behind Color Picture

  1. Click on the grayscale picture to select it
  2. If the Picture Tools toolbar does not appear, click on Picture Tools button just above the Format tab of the ribbon.
  3. Right click on the grayscale picture and select Send to Back > Send to Back from the shortcut menu that appears.
  4. You should now see the color focal point on top of the grayscale picture. See the example on the next page

Next - The Final Grayscale and Color Picture Combination

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Sample of Grayscale and Color Picture Combination on PowerPoint Slide

Grayscale and color photo on PowerPoint slide
Grayscale and color photo on PowerPoint slide. © Wendy Russell

The Final Picture With Both Grayscale and Color

This final result appears to be one single picture with a combination of both grayscale and color. There is no doubt about what is the focal point of this picture.

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Russell, Wendy. "Grayscale and Color Picture Effects in PowerPoint 2010." ThoughtCo, Mar. 3, 2017, thoughtco.com/grayscale-and-color-picture-effects-powerpoint-2767246. Russell, Wendy. (2017, March 3). Grayscale and Color Picture Effects in PowerPoint 2010. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/grayscale-and-color-picture-effects-powerpoint-2767246 Russell, Wendy. "Grayscale and Color Picture Effects in PowerPoint 2010." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/grayscale-and-color-picture-effects-powerpoint-2767246 (accessed January 23, 2018).