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Black and White to Color Photo Animations in PowerPoint 2003-2007

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Change the Photo to Grayscale in PowerPoint
Convert pictures to grayscale in PowerPoint 2007

Convert pictures to grayscale in PowerPoint 2007

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Grayscale or Black and White?

What we perceive to be a "black and white" photo is actually a photo that has a multitude of gray tones as well. A true black and white photo would have only those two colors present. In this exercise we will change the photo to grayscale.

  • PowerPoint 2007
    1. Click on the photo to select it.
    2. If the Picture Tools are not immediately shown, click on the Picture Tools button just above the ribbon.
    3. Click the drop down list on the Recolor button.
    4. Select Grayscale from the list of recolor options.
    5. Insert a second copy of the photo following the same process as outlined on the previous page. PowerPoint will insert this new copy of the photo exactly on top of the grayscale photo, which is mandatory for this process to work. This new photo will remain as a color photo.
  • PowerPoint 2003 and earlier
    1. Right click on the picture and choose Format Picture...
    2. The Picture tab in the Format Picture dialog box should be selected. If not, click on it now.
    3. In the section under Image Control click the drop down arrow beside Color.
    4. Select Grayscale.
    5. Click OK.
    6. Insert a second copy of the photo following the same process outlined on the previous page. PowerPoint will insert this new copy of the photo exactly on top of the grayscale photo, which is mandatory for this process to work. This new photo will remain as a color photo.
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