Change black and white image to color in PowerPoint

Do you remember the Wizard of Oz? The movie starts in black and white, and when Dorothy walks out of her house in Oz, is everything in beautiful colors? Well, you can achieve this effect in your PowerPoint presentations as well. If you want to improve your PowerPoint slideshow, try this trick to seamlessly convert black and white images to color for your audience.

This article applies to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, and 2013.

Content
  1. Tips for PowerPoint Photos
  2. Import your photo into PowerPoint
  3. Convert the first photo to black and white
  4. Change slides for color effect
  5. Using animation as an alternative method
  6. View trick in PowerPoint

Tips for PowerPoint Photos

PowerPoint recommends optimizing photos to the desired size before inserting them into your slideshow. This reduces both the visual size and file size of the photos.

PowerPoint slides come in two standard sizes: standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9). Use a standard size for screen shows and images that are 10 inches wide and 7.5 inches high. Use Widescreen when displaying slideshows on a widescreen device and images should be 13.3 inches wide and 7.5 inches high.

If the image is larger than the screen size, PowerPoint automatically adjusts the image to fit on the slide.

Import your photo into PowerPoint

To start this PowerPoint trick, select the image you want to use, place it on the slide, and duplicate the slide for effect.

  1. Open a blank PowerPoint presentation.

  2. Select House

  3. Select Down arrow from new slide and choose empty to open a blank slide.

  4. Select Insert Pictures to open the Insert Picture dialog box.

    If you don’t have an image saved to your computer, select Insert Photos on the Internet to find the image in Creative Commons.

  5. Find the desired image on your computer and select Insert to add it to the slide.

    If necessary, resize the image on the slide.

  6. Select Insert

  7. Select Down arrow from new slide and choose Duplicate selected slides

  8. Your presentation contains two identical slides.

Convert the first photo to black and white

The next step is to convert the color photo to black and white for use in the presentation. The resulting presentation shows that the photo changes from black and white to color as if by magic.

  1. Select image on the first slide. Image Tools Format tab added to ribbon.

  2. Select Format Colour

  3. Select Saturation: 0% to change the image to black and white.

Change slides for color effect

Now that you have two slides in your PowerPoint presentation, one with a color image and one without, insert a transition between the two slides. When you start a PowerPoint slideshow, the effect makes the first black and white image appear to have faded in color.

  1. Select the second slide with a color photo.

  2. Select transitions

  3. Select Fade away

  4. Select Example to view the result.

Using animation as an alternative method

If you need something more complicated, convert your photo from black and white to color without duplicating two slides. After inserting an image on the first slide, follow these instructions:

  1. Copy the photo and paste it on top of the first photo. Make sure that this second image is placed perfectly on top of the first image.

  2. Convert the top photo to black and white.

  3. Select Animations and choose To disappear

    To delay the transition effect, select Duration arrow

  4. Select Example to view the result.

View trick in PowerPoint

To test the color conversion technique in your PowerPoint presentation, select slideshow From the beginning † When viewing a slideshow, you will see an effect appear between two slides, creating the illusion of a black and white photo in color.

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