Change the color, transparency, or recolor a picture

You can adjust the color intensity (saturation) and color tone (temperature) of a picture, recolor it, or change the transparency of one of its colors. You can apply multiple color effects to your picture.

Original picture

Original Picture

With Color Saturation changed to 66%

Picture with 66 percent saturation

With Recolor effect

Picture with recolor

Click the headings below for more information. 

Saturation is the intensity of the color. A higher saturation makes a picture look more vivid, whereas a lower saturation makes the colors look more grey.

  1. Click the picture and the Format Picture pane appears.

  2. On the Format Picture pane, click Picture icon .

  3. Click Picture Color to expand it.

    Adjust the color saturation settings in the Format Picture pane

  4. Under Color Saturation, move the saturation slider as necessary, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

When color temperatures are not measured correctly by a camera, a color cast (too much of one color dominating the picture) can appear on the picture, making the picture look too blue or too orange. You can adjust this by increasing or decreasing the color temperature to enhance the details of the picture and make the picture look better.

  1. Click the picture and the Format Picture pane appears.

  2. On the Format Picture pane, click Picture icon .

  3. Click Picture Color to expand it.

    Adjust the color saturation settings in the Format Picture pane

  4. Under Color Temperature, move the temperature slider as necessary, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

You can quickly apply a built-in stylized effect, such as grayscale or sepia tone, to your picture.

  1. Click the picture and the Format Picture pane appears.

  2. On the Format Picture pane, click Picture icon .

  3. Click Picture Color to expand it.

    Adjust the color saturation settings in the Format Picture pane

  4. Under Recolor, click any of the available presets.

    If you want to switch back to the original picture color, click Reset.

You can make part of a picture transparent to better show text that is layered on top of it, to layer pictures on top of each other, or to remove or hide part of a picture for emphasis. Transparent areas in pictures are the same color as the paper on which they are printed. In an electronic display, such as a Web page, transparent areas are the same color as the background.

  1. Click the picture and the Format Picture pane appears.

  2. On the Format Picture pane, click Picture icon .

  3. Click Picture Transparency to expand it.

    Adjust the color transparency in the Format Picture pane

  4. You can either apply one of the presets, move the transparency slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

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