Learn how to recolor a picture background in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and higher
One of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored picture background to your slides. However, people do that all the time and in the process, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. So why do they do so? Most of them look at the picture in isolation to the entire picture. As a picture, their chosen content may appear awesome. However, place the same picture as a backdrop for text, charts, shapes, or other slide objects, and you will realize that this just doesn't work. Fortunately, you can make the visual noise in any picture more subtle by recoloring them within PowerPoint.
Look at Figure 1, below closely and you will see exactly what we are trying to explain.
Figure 1: Before and after Recolor sample thumbnails
As you can see within the thumbnails on the left, it is difficult to read much of the text on the slides. Granted, these slides would normally be shown at a much larger size, but the contrast between the background picture and the text is still aptly demonstrated in the thumbnails that you see. Also do note that we have used three text colors: black, a medium grey, and white. Our aim is to work on a background that works with at least two of those three text colors, and we do agree that this is a slightly difficult task to accomplish unless you use the Recolor options available for pictures in PowerPoint 2013.
Until these options were made available in PowerPoint, the only resource was to do these edits in a program like Adobe Photoshop, save them, and then insert as backgrounds on a slide. And of course, those edits were not non-destructible in the sense that you could get back your original pictures. But within PowerPoint, all these edits are really non-destructible!
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