PowerPoint Pictures Color Pop Trick

Here’s a cool PowerPoint photo trick that most people think can only be done in Photoshop.  It’s actually super easy to do in PowerPoint too – especially if you have version 2010 or higher (though it can be done in earlier versions too).

The trick is basically having one part of the picture in color while the rest is black and white, such as in the examples below.

Black and white and colored photos #1

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Follow These 4 Steps To Create This Cool Picture Effect

Step 1: Duplicate Your Image

First off, you need 2 separate copies of your image to pull this picture trick off. So in PowerPoint with your photo selected, hit CTRL+D to duplicate it.

Black and white and colored photos #2

Step 2: Recolor One Of the Photos As Greyscale

Now select one of the photos (we need to make it black and white) and navigate to Format, Color, Recolor and choose Greyscale.

Black and white and colored photos #3

Step 3: Remove the Second Photo’s Background

Next, take the second photo, choose the subject that you want to pop out (make sure it’s very distinctly separated from what’s around it), and then go to Format, Remove Background, and remove everything outside of the subject.

Make sure to add extra marks to indicate which areas to keep and which to remove to make it cleaner, as I did below.

Black and white and colored photos #4

Step 4: Layer The Two Photos

Now just lay the second photo over the first… and there you have it!  Super easy, right?

Black and white and colored photos #5

Optional Step: Save Your Creation As A Photo

If you want, you can now select both layered pictures, paste as a picture, and apply picture formatting.

Black and white and colored photos #6.2

If you have an earlier version of PowerPoint, then you’ll need to remove the background in a separate program. You can do that either using something online like Clippingmagic, or draw on the background in a drawing program like MS Paint (included in PCs) and then use the Set Transparent Color feature in PowerPoint.

For a demo of this latter way, check out my previous post on How To Create a Reveal Effect with Moving Background video.

Maybe one day I’ll make a video of this too, but given how LONG it takes me to make videos, I figured I’d share on this blog first – so thanks for checking it out!

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Don’t forget, you can download 6 examples of these technique so you can see what I did using the link below.

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  • Jacques Sarrazin

    Great visual! i sue the same technique but i make the backgroud blurry… black and white is even better… I had to create an employee portal on line, and i tried to place many employees pictures treated like that, so the person was the center of attention.. thanks for the tip!

  • Awesome, thanks!

  • Wow! This is the most helpful and informative description of working with paths, shapes, and smart objects I’ve found to date. Thank you! photo background changer