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

Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.


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