Black and White Color Photography Animation in PowerPoint 2003-2007

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  1. Insert a photo into PowerPoint
  2. Comments:
  3. Change a photo to grayscale in PowerPoint
  4. Add a blur animation to a color photo
  5. Time to change photo animation from black and white to color
  6. Add a smooth transition for a smoother look to your slideshow
  7. Example black and white animation with PowerPoint

Insert a photo into PowerPoint

See an example of a black and white photo animation

Comments:

  • The screenshots for this tutorial are for PowerPoint 2007 only. The steps for PowerPoint 2003 and earlier are similar and are listed below in text only.

  • In all versions of PowerPoint, we recommend that you optimize your photos to the correct size before inserting them into your slideshow. This reduces both the visual size and file size of the photos.

  • If you want your photo to take up the entire slide, optimize it so that it is 7.5 inches high and 10 inches wide. PowerPoint 2007 does this automatically when you insert a large photo into a slide. However, this must be done manually in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier.

  • PowerPoint 2007 compresses all images by default. This is not the case in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier. If you haven’t optimized your photos first, you can compress all the photos in your presentation at once. However, this feature is not available in all earlier versions of PowerPoint.

  • PowerPoint 2007

    1. Choose a blank slide layout.

    2. Click the Insert Ribbon tab.

    3. Click on the image.

    4. Locate the image on your computer.

    5. Click the Paste button.

  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier

    1. Choose a blank slide layout.

    2. Select Insert > Image > From File… from the menu.

    3. Locate the image on your computer.

    4. Click the Paste button.

Change a photo to grayscale in PowerPoint

Grayscale or black and white?

What we perceive as a “black and white” photo is actually also a photo with many shades of gray. A true black and white photo will contain only these two colors. In this exercise we will change the photo to grayscale.

  • PowerPoint 2007

    1. Click on a photo to select it.

    2. If the Imaging Tools do not appear immediately, click the Imaging Tools button directly above the ribbon.

    3. On the drop-down list, click the Recolor button.

    4. Select Grayscale from the list of recolor options.

    5. Insert a second copy of the photo using the same procedure described on the previous page. PowerPoint pastes this new copy of the photo right on top of the grayscale photo, which is a requirement for this process. This new photo remains a color photo.

  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier

    1. Right click on the picture and select Format Picture…

    2. The Image tab in the Image Format dialog box should be selected. If not, click on it now.

    3. In the Image management section, click the drop-down arrow next to Color.

    4. Select Grayscale.

    5. Click OK.

    6. Insert a second copy of the photo using the same process as described on the previous page. PowerPoint pastes this new copy of the photo right on top of the grayscale photo, which is a requirement for this process. This new photo remains a color photo.

Add a blur animation to a color photo

Blur in color photo

Applying a custom animation to the top color photo allows the black and white photo to transition into a 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 side of the screen, select Add Effect > Input > Blur. (If Fade is not in the list of effects, select the More effects… option and select Fade from the list).

  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier

    1. Right-click on a color photo.

    2. From the context menu, select Custom Animation….

    3. From the Animation toolbar on the right side of the screen, select Add Effect > Input > Blur. (If Fade is not in the list of effects, select the More effects… option and select Fade from the list).

Time to change photo animation from black and white to color

Timing changes from black and white to color

The desired effect in this slideshow is to turn the black and white photo into color when viewed. For this you need to set the time on the color photo.

  • PowerPoint 2007/2003

    1. Click on a color image to select it.

    2. On the Custom Animations taskbar, click the drop-down arrow next to the animation in the list. This is the fade animation you set up on the previous page.

    3. Select Timing… from the list.

    4. In the resulting dialog box, make the following settings −

      • Start: with previous

      • Set delay: up to 1.5 or 2 seconds

    5. Click OK.

Add a smooth transition for a smoother look to your slideshow

Fade smoothly from one slide to another

In addition to adding a fade animation to a color photo, changing the color from black and white to color requires you to smoothly transition from one slide to the next.

  • PowerPoint 2007

    1. In the Animations tab of the ribbon, select the fade-in transition.

    2. Set the transition speed to Medium if it is not already set.

    3. Set slide to auto-continue after: and select the appropriate number of seconds for one slide to move to the next. In this example, I chose to advance the slide after 7 seconds.

    4. Click the Apply to All button.

    5. Finally, to give your presentation a sleeker look, you can end your slideshow with a black slide.

  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier

    1. Choose Slideshow > Slide Transition.

    2. Scroll through the list in the taskbar on the right side of the screen to select a fadeout.

    3. Change the transition speed to medium.

    4. Use the arrows in the Forward section to select about 7 seconds (more or less appropriate depending on the image you choose), or enter a number manually.

    5. Click the Apply to all slides button.

    6. Finally, to give your presentation a sleeker look, you can end your slideshow with a black slide.

Example black and white animation with PowerPoint

View photo effects

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

Preview of animated photo

The animated GIF above shows the effect you can create in PowerPoint with custom animations so that when you change the image to black and white, the image appears in color.

Remark. The actual animation in PowerPoint will be much smoother than this short video clip.

  • Related Guide to PowerPoint
    Black and White Photos with PowerPoint Transitions

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