Change the color of an image in PowerPoint

We just had a nice lady from the UK ask about changing the color of an image.  For example, she wanted to change to color of this superhero’s cape to match different departments for her presentation.

Clipart: Super Hero with red cape

Image: Super Hero with a Red Cape

If you are using PowerPoint 2007 or newer, you can easily recolor the image to any of your theme’s colors.  This is a great way to make the graphics in your Presentation look custom made and professional.

1. Open up PowerPoint and insert an image into your presentation.

2. Click on top of the image and select “Format Picture”

PowerPoint Format Picture

Step 2: Choose Format Picture

3. Choose the Pictue Color Option and then choose Recolor.

PowerPoint Recolor Image

Step 3: Choose Picture Color Options

In PowerPoint 2010, you will get a nice display of what the image will look like with each option.  With PowerPoint 2007, you are given a simple color picker so there is a bit more trial and error involved.

That’s all there is to it.  Have fun recoloring images!

Here is a sample of the Superhero in a couple of different colors.

Recolored images in PowerPoint

Final Result – Recolored Images in PowerPoint


    Hi, Thank You so much..This is just what I came searching for !

    Ajitha Amarnath

  • adejare

    i love this

  • Thanish

    Hi, Wonderful Tip. Is it possible to change the color of my interest(like custom color)

    • You may change the color of an image by using our customizer or PowerPoint itself, and you may use the RGB value or the # hue code to select a specific color.

  • arpit

    thanks a lot nice trick…:)

  • Audrey

    helped a lot, thanks 🙂

  • Beth

    Is it possible to change the accent color? I am able to change the background color to any color in the “crayon box” but the accent colors seem to be limited to the preselected colors. Thanks for your help!

    • It depends on which item it is. Could you provide the item number for us to look into it?

  • vivian

    When I go to format picture – and recolor – it changes the background of the photo / graphic but not the graphic – what am I doing wrong? I have 2007

    • Vivian:
      Thank you for your question, it is really dependent on what the item was that you downloaded, if it was an image with a solid background color, then even the background color will change when formatting the picture in PowerPoint. We recommend changing the color on our customizer and then downloading once the customization is complete.

  • Helle

    I want to change the color of several items, but I am not satisfied with my PowerPoint options. I used to change the color using the tint and customize function but for some reason I can’t see the item that I want to change. I only get a shadow, so I can’t see what I’m doing and end up with tons of failed attempts. How do I get to see the item that I want to customize so that I know when I am satisfied and can press customize?

    • Mike Weber

      What is the item number of the image you are working with? Thank you.

  • Joe

    These comments are for a PC; the Mac toolbars look different.

  • Marie Heaton

    thank you so much – I just needed to change the colour of the text in our logo and you have saved me a lot of time 😀

  • ddartley

    Ok but how do you change the color of JUST the cape? You’ll notice that in your “fixed” examples above, the color of the superhero’s body also changes. That’s exactly what I’m trying to avoid in the analogous work project I’m trying to do now. Is there a way to change the color of JUST the cape? Thanks.

    • Billy Schlotter

      There is no simple solution to just change the cap in PowerPoint. You could try to duplicate the graphic and mask out the part you just went to change and overlay it. The coloring changing is a changing either the saturation or hue of the color causing everything in the image to change.

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