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Changing Color of Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to change the color hue of pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You can alter the saturation, tone, and even recolor with a single color.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X




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Once you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, you can make several visual changes to it. You have already learned how to apply corrections to the inserted picture. In this tutorial let us explore the Recolor option for the pictures. Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide. Insert a picture, or if you already have a picture on your slide just select it and double click to activate the Format Picture tab on the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
  2. Format Picture tab of the Ribbon activated
    Figure 1: Format Picture tab of the Ribbon activated
  3. Within the Format Picture tab, locate the Adjust group and click the Recolor button (highlighted in red in Figure 2) to access the Recolor drop-down gallery that you can again see in Figure 2.
  4. Recolor drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Recolor drop-down gallery
  5. In Figure 2, you can see that the Recolor drop-down gallery sports three sections: Color Saturation, Color Tone, and Recolor which include preview thumbnails of the selected picture variants. To select any of the variants, just click on the preview thumbnail of your choice. In addition to these sections, you can also see three more options within the Color drop-down gallery. These, are used to color the selected picture. Let us explore all of Recolor drop-down gallery contents one by one, as referenced in Figure 2 above:
  6. A. Color Saturation

  7. Includes thumbnail previews of the selected picture's variants with different pre-applied saturation values. If you hover the mouse cursor over any of these variants, you will see a tool tip that shows the saturation value in percentage.
  8. B. Color Tone

  9. Includes thumbnail previews of the selected picture's variants with varied temperature values. If you hover the mouse cursor over any of these variants, you will see a tool tip that shows its temperature value.
  10. C. Recolor

  11. Accents, tints, grayscale, and black and white variants are shown as previews in this group. Previews in the 2nd and 3rd row of this section are influenced by the Theme of the active presentation. So, if the Theme is changed, color of these previews will change. Just hover your mouse cursor on any of the variants in this section to see its name as a tool tip.
  12. D. More Colors

  13. If you want to use a color that's not influenced by the Theme of the active presentation, then choose this option. This summons the Mac OS X Color picker (see Figure 3). You can choose any color from the color wheel. Thereafter adjust the selected color's luminosity within the long, thin slider on the right. Once you are happy with the color attained, click OK to get back to your slide. Your selected picture will then be colored monochromatically using the color choosen.
  14. Mac OS X Color picker
    Figure 3: Mac OS X Color picker
  15. E. Set Transparent Color

  16. If you want a particular color in the selected picture to be made transparent, this option comes to your help. First, select this option -- the cursor changes to a downward pointing arrow, as shown in Figure 4 (highlighted in blue).
  17. Cursor gets changed when the Set Transparent Color option is selected
    Figure 4: Cursor gets changed when the Set Transparent Color option is selected
  18. Place this cursor on the picture color you want to make transparent, and click. This will make all those areas in the picture 100 percent transparent. Note that all picture types won't support this option -- typically this works with bitmaps, and not vector images.
  19. F. Picture Color Options

  20. This is the last option in this drop-down gallery which takes you to the Adjust Picture panel within Format Picture dialog box that you can see in Figure 5.
  21. Color options within the Format Picture dialog box
    Figure 5: Color options within the Format Picture dialog box
  22. Here, you can select any of the preset Recolor types (same as in Recolor section within drop-down gallery), and also, make changes to the Saturation and Temperature values using sliders or by directly typing in the values in digits, as required. Once done, click OK button to apply the changes to the selected picture and get back to your slide.
  23. In Figure 5 above, the options that are related to Picture Correction have been grayed out since they have already been discussed in the tutorial Picture Corrections in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
  24. Note: When you are making changes to the picture within Format Picture dialog box, you can see the live preview of the changes on the selected picture. So, always place the Format Picture dialog box away from the selected picture so that it doesn't prevent you from viewing the changes.
  25. Recolor the picture by selecting any thumbnail preview variant, or using the Color options within Format Picture dialog box. In Figure 6 you can see the selected picture after recoloring. Compare the pictures in Figures 1 and 6 to see the difference.
  26. Selected picture recolored
    Figure 6: Selected picture recolored
Tip: You can follow the same procedure explained above to recolor the picture used as a fill for a shape.

See Also:

Pictures Basics and Adjustments: Changing Color of Pictures (Glossary Page)

Changing Color of Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Changing Color of Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Changing Color of Pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Changing Color of Pictures in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

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