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Change Black and White Pictures to Color in PowerPoint 2010 Slide Show

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Choose Picture for the Black and White to Color Animation
Change the slide layout to a blank PowerPoint slide

Change the slide layout to a blank PowerPoint slide

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Black and White to Color Trick is All in the PowerPoint Animation

Let's start with first things first. Take a look at the finished product of a Black and White to Color Photo Animation on a PowerPoint Slide.

  • Notes
    1. Optimizing your photos prior to inserting them into PowerPoint is always a "best practice". As a result, both the visual size and the final file size of the picture will ultimately create a smaller file size of your complete presentation.

    2. If you want your photo to cover the entire slide, optimize your photo to be 7.5 inches high by 10 inches wide (for a regular sized slide, not widescreen). PowerPoint 2010 will resize a larger photo automatically to fit the slide, but this is only a visual effect. The original file size will still remain intact.

      Also be aware that if your pictures are small, enlarging them (manually) to fit the slide will produce poor quality results. For the best image possible, always take your pictures using the highest resolution your camera will take.

    3. PowerPoint 2010 compresses all pictures by default. In the event that you did not first optimize your photos, this will be helpful in reducing the file size. Still, as mentioned earlier, optimization is the best choice.

Let's Get Started

In this example we are going to use a picture that covers the whole slide. You may choose to do otherwise, but the process will be the same.

  1. Open a new presentation or a work in progress.
  2. Navigate to the slide where you wish to add this feature.
  3. Click on the Home tab of the ribbon, if it is not already selected.
  4. Click the Layout button and choose the Blank slide layout from the options shown. (Refer to the image above for clarification if needed.)

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