Turn black and white images to color in PowerPoint 2010 slideshows

Let’s start with the first. It’s a great animation to include to make something stand out in your presentation, but as you start it’s important to understand some of the fundamentals of how images are processed in PowerPoint.

  • Optimizing your photos before inserting them into PowerPoint is always a “best practice”. As a result, both the visual size and the final file size of the image will eventually lead to a smaller file size for the entire presentation.

  • If you want your photo to take up the entire slide, optimize it to be 7.5 inches high and 10 inches wide (for a standard size slide, not a widescreen slide). PowerPoint 2010 will automatically resize the photo bigger size to match the slide, but that’s just an effect visual † The original file size remains the same.

  • Also keep in mind that if your images are small, enlarging them (manually) to slide size will result in poor quality results. For the best possible picture, always take the highest resolution photos your camera will accept.

  • PowerPoint 2010 compresses all images by default. If you haven’t optimized your photos first, it will help reduce the file size. However, as mentioned before, optimization is the way to go.

  1. Choose an image for black and white animation
  2. Paste your desired color image on a blank slide
  3. Convert a color image to grayscale in PowerPoint
  4. Use a disappearing animation on a colored PowerPoint image
  5. How to use time delays to convert a black and white photo to color
  6. The note
  7. View PowerPoint image effects
  8. The note

Choose an image for black and white animation

In this example, we’ll use an image that spans the entire slide. You can do it differently, but the process remains the same.

  1. Open a new presentation or work in progress.

  2. Navigate to the slide where you want to add this feature.

  3. Press tab “Home” ribbon if not already selected.

  4. Press the button Layout and select a slide layout empty from the options offered.

Paste your desired color image on a blank slide

First we need to add a color photo that will eventually become the final image we want on the slide.

  1. Click Insert tab on the tape.

  2. Press the button Image

  3. Navigate to the folder on your computer that contains the color image and paste it.

Convert a color image to grayscale in PowerPoint

The words “black and white photo” are actually misunderstood in most cases. This term was taken from the days when we didn’t have color photographs, and what we saw we called ‘black and white’. In reality, a black and white image consists of many shades of gray, as well as black and white. If the photo was really black and white, you wouldn’t see any subtleties at all.

In this exercise we will change a color photo to grayscale.

  1. Click on a photo to select it.

  2. if Picture Tools are not displayed immediately, click the button Picture Tools above the belt.

  3. Press the button Color to open a list of color options.

  4. In section repaint click thumbnail shades of grey

  5. Paste the second copy of the photo using the same procedure as described above. PowerPoint will paste this new copy of the photo precisely over a grayscale photo, which is a requirement for this process. This new photo remains a color photo.

Use a disappearing animation on a colored PowerPoint image

You can use an animation other than a color image, but you will probably find that for this process the animation To fade works best.

  1. The color photo should be right on top of the grayscale photo. Click on a color photo to select it.
  2. Press Animations tab on the tape.
  3. Click To fade to apply this animation.

The note

as animation To fade does not appear on the ribbon, click Additionally to open more options. To fade must be found in this comprehensive list.

Add time to a PowerPoint color photo

To properly convert a photo to grayscale, PowerPoint allows you to adjust the timing of the animation.

  1. In section Extended animation on the ribbon, click the button Animation panel † An animation panel will appear on the right side of the screen.

  2. IN Animation panels Click drop-down arrow to the right of the image in the list.

  3. Click Time … in the list of displayed options.

How to use time delays to convert a black and white photo to color

Sync is all it takes to create a slide, so try to adjust the time accurately and accurately.

  1. A dialog box will open Time

    1. Remark † In the title of this dialog you will see: To fade , as this is the animation we chose to apply. If you chose a different animation, your screen will display that choice.
  2. Click on the tab Time if not already selected.

  3. Set by parameter Get started: meaning with previous

  4. Set by parameter delay: value 1.5 or 2 seconds.

  5. Set by parameter Duration value 2 seconds.

  6. Press the button Okay to apply these changes.

The note

After you complete this tutorial, you can play around with these settings to change them as needed.

View PowerPoint image effects

Press hotkey F5 to start the slideshow from the first slide. (If your photo is on a different slide than the first, use the keyboard shortcuts on that slide instead Shift F5

Now sit back and enjoy!

The note

The image above is an animated GIF image file type. It shows the effect you can create in PowerPoint with animation so that the image changes from black and white to color. Your PowerPoint image should be smoother than this image on our slide.

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