Grayscale to Color
By: Geetesh Bajaj
Date Created: June 28th 2008
Last Updated: February 28th 2009
This tutorial shows how to animate a grayscale picture into a color picture within PowerPoint -- download the finished presentation here...
Also, while this tutorial is done using PowerPoint 2007, you can use the same principles in older versions of PowerPoint.
- Insert a new slide in your PowerPoint presentation file, and
- Now select the Home tab of the Ribbon, and click Layout option
to bring up the Layout gallery that you can see
1. Choose the Blank layout from the gallery.
Figure 1: Choose the Blank slide layout
- Select the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Picture
option, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Picture option in the Insert tab
- This brings up the Insert Picture dialog box
(see Figure 3). Navigate to the picture you
want to use, and click Insert.
Figure 3: Insert picture
- This will insert the picture on the slide. PowerPoint 2007
places most large pictures resized to fit the slide -- but if
you are using a previous version of PowerPoint, you might want
to resize it to fit the slide.
Now, select the picture, right click on it and choose Copy from the context menu as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Copy picture
- Right click again to get the context menu and now choose the
Paste option -- this will place a duplicate copy of the picture
that you can see in Figure 5 .
Figure 5: Duplicated picture
Make sure to place the duplicated picture exactly on top of the original picture.
- Select the top most picture, and activate the Picture
Tools Format tab
in the Ribbon. In this tab, choose the Recolor option to view
a dropdown gallery of options as shown in Figure
6 -- from
this gallery, choose Grayscale (highlighted in red
Figure 6: Choose the Grayscale option.
Tip: You can also choose any of the monochromatic or dutone recolor options to create a different effect!
- This will recolor the selected picture to grayscale. Now,
right click on this picture and choose Send to Back
| Send to Back from the context menu as shown in Figure
Figure 7: Send to back
- Since your grayscale picture has been sent right to back
of all slide objects, you now end up with your original color
picture on top. Select the color picture, and then access
the Animations tab of the Ribbon, and choose Custom Animation
(see Figure 8 ).
Figure 8: Custom Animation
- This opens the Custom Animation task pane on the right side
of the PowerPoint interface, as shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9: Custom Animation task pane
Tip: Want to learn more about task panes in PowerPoint 2007? Look here...
- With the color picture still selected, click the Add
Effect button in the Custom Animation task pane to bring out
flyout menus -- choose the Entrance | Fade option as you can
see in Figure
Figure 10: Applying animation
Tip: You can choose any other Custom Animation effect for your color picture -- but the Fade effects works very well. Another effect that works well is the Cross effect.
- Thereafter change the event option for Start to With
Previous, and for Speed to Slow as
shown in Figure 11.
Note: If you want the animation from grayscale to color to happen on a click rather than automatically, then change the event option for Start to On Click.
Figure 11: Change animation events and speed.
- Play the presentation.
Tip: Save your presentation often!..