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Change the color of an image in PowerPoint

Posted on: Mar, 2010 By: Art Holden
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

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

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

PowerPoint Recolor Image

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

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By: Art Holden
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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Nov 05, 2011 -
Hi, Thank You so much..This is just what I came searching for ! Cheers Ajitha Amarnath
Jun 29, 2012 -
i love this
Aug 31, 2012 -
Hi, Wonderful Tip. Is it possible to change the color of my interest(like custom color)
Aug 31, 2012 -
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.
Nov 01, 2012 -
thanks a lot nice trick...:)
Nov 16, 2012 -
helped a lot, thanks :)
Jan 16, 2013 -
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!
Jan 17, 2013 -
Kara Jones
It depends on which item it is. Could you provide the item number for us to look into it?
Oct 08, 2013 -
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
Oct 15, 2013 -
Kara Jones
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.
Sep 26, 2014 -
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?
Sep 30, 2014 -
Mike Weber
What is the item number of the image you are working with? Thank you.
Jan 07, 2015 -
These comments are for a PC; the Mac toolbars look different.
Aug 20, 2015 -
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 :-D
May 16, 2016 -
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.
May 17, 2016 -
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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