Highlighting a part of a grayscale image in color really makes it stand out!
Ric Bretschneider wrote a blog post a while back that uses a similar technique to create a blurred background. It uses the Remove Background feature of PowerPoint 2010.
Here are the steps:
- Find a photo that you want to use and insert it.
- Select the photo, then copy and paste it to duplicate it.
- Select the original photo and choose Format tab> Color and choose the first swatch (Saturation 0%) to make the photo grayscale.
- Now select the copy, and go to Format tab>Remove Background. I have a video tutorial here. Use the buttons to remove everything that you want to be grayscale. Keep everything that you want to remain in color. (Tip: Zoom in to more precisely choose what you want to keep and what you want to remove.)
- Move the copy exactly on top of the grayscale version.
- For ease of use, select both photos and group them (Ctrl + G).
Instead of making the original photo grayscale, you can apply other effects, such as blurring or other effects from the Artistic Effects drop-down list.
Email me your slides using this technique and I’ll post them! The best one will get a free copy of 101 Advanced Tips Every PowerPoint User Should Know. (You can read more about it here.) The deadline is Friday, October 14th.