Highlight one part of an image in color

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:

  1. Find a photo that you want to use and insert it.
  2. Select the photo, then copy and paste it to duplicate it.
  3. Select the original photo and choose Format tab> Color and choose the first swatch (Saturation 0%) to make the photo grayscale.
  4. 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.)
  5. Move the copy exactly on top of the grayscale version.
  6. 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.

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