- Create a color/grayscale hybrid image for your next presentation
- PowerPoint 2010 Color Effect
- Remove background image
- Import a color image into PowerPoint
- Remove background color image
- Refining the background removal process
- Re-import the image and convert to grayscale
- Convert image to grayscale
- Submit a grayscale image for a color image
- Finished Image
Create a color/grayscale hybrid image for your next presentation
When you add color to a grayscale portion of a photo, you draw attention to that portion of the image because it jumps out at you. You can get this effect by starting with a full color image and removing the color from part of the image. You may want to use this trick for your next PowerPoint 2010 presentation.
PowerPoint 2010 Color Effect
A nice feature of PowerPoint 2010 is that you can change the color of an image within minutes without special photo editing software like Photoshop.
This tutorial shows you how to create an image on a slide that is a combination of color and grayscale.
Remove background image
For simplicity, select an image that is already in landscape orientation. This ensures that the entire slide is not covered by the slide background color, although this method works on small photos as well.
Choose an image that focuses on the subject and has sharp and well-defined outlines.
This tutorial uses a sample image with a large rose as the focus of the image.
Import a color image into PowerPoint
Open the PowerPoint file and navigate to a blank slide.
Click on the tab Insert on the tape.
In chapter Pictures on the ribbon, click the button Image .
Browse to the location on your computer where you saved the image and select it to place on your PowerPoint slide.
Resize the image to cover the entire slide.
Remove background color image
Click on a color image to select it.
Make sure the toolbar Picture Tools visible. If not, click the button Picture Tools above the tab Format on the tape.
In chapter To coordinate Press on the button Remove background . The focal point of the image should remain while the rest of the image on the slide turns magenta.
Drag the selection handles to increase or decrease the focus area as needed.
Refining the background removal process
After removing the background (magenta part of the image), you may notice that some parts of the image have not been removed as you hoped, or that too many parts have been removed. This is easy to solve.
Toolbar Remove background appears above the slide. The buttons perform the following tasks.
- Mark areas to save . Click this button and then click the parts of the background that you want to keep as part of the focus of the image.
- Mark areas for removal . Click this button and then click the parts of the background that you want to remove because they are not part of the focus of the image.
- Remove flag . Click this button and then click the background area you accidentally marked.
- Undo all changes . Click this button if you are not satisfied with the result.
- Saving Changes . Click this button if you are satisfied with the result.
Re-import the image and convert to grayscale
The next step is to place a copy of the original color image on top of the image, which now only shows the focus (in this example, the focus is a large rose).
As before, click on the tab Insert on the tape. Select Image and navigate to the same photo you selected the first time to turn it back on in PowerPoint.
To do this, it is essential that the newly inserted image is placed exactly on top of the first image and has the same size.
Convert image to grayscale
Click a newly imported image on a slide to select it.
You should see the buttons on the ribbon change to Drawing tools . If not, click the button Picture Tools above the tab Format on the ribbon to activate it.
In chapter Institution on the Drawing Tools toolbar, click the button Colour .
From the drop-down menu, select the second option in the first row of the section repaint . clue shades of grey should appear when you hover over the button if you are not sure. The image is converted to grayscale.
Submit a grayscale image for a color image
You are now sending the grayscale version of the image to the back so that it is behind the color focal point of the first image.
Click on the grayscale image to select it
If the toolbar Picture Tools not shown, click the button Picture Tools right above the Format tab on the ribbon.
Right click on the grayscale image and select Send back > send back in the context menu that appears.
If the photo alignment is accurate, you should see that the color focus point sits perfectly on top of its grayscale counterpart in the grayscale image.
This end result is a single image with a mix of grayscale and color. There is no doubt that the focus of this image.