Highlighting a part of a grayscale image in color really makes it stand out!
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. Ric Bretschneider wrote a blog post a while back that uses a similar technique to create a blurred background.
Love this, Ellen!
Thanks, Joy! And did you see the winner of my contest? It’s at http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/congratulations-to-the-winner-of-the-highlight-one-part-of-an-image-in-color-contest/.
If you are happy to have a coloured area that is square, there is an easier way to do this.
1. Create a grayscale image as above.
2. Crop a coloured version of the image to the required size
3. Copy and Paste
Powerpoint will retain the relative position of the cropped image during the cut and paste, which means that it automatically matches.
Can this same thing be done using PowerPoint 2007? I have 2010 at school but 2007 at home which doesn’t have the remove background feature.