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

Same picture with Color Saturation changed to 66%

Picture with 66 percent saturation

Same picture with Recolor effect

Picture with recolor

Do any of the following:

ShowChange the color intensity of a picture

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 that you want to change the color intensity for, and then click the Format Picture tab.
  2. Under Adjust, click Recolor, and then under Color Saturation, click the one that you want.

Format Picture tab, Adjust group

  1. To fine tune the color intensity, click Recolor, and then click Picture Color Options. Under Color, move the Saturation slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

ShowChange the color tone of a picture

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 that you want to change the color tone for, and then click the Format Picture tab.
  2. Under Adjust, click Recolor, and then under Color Tone, click the one that you want.

Format Picture tab, Adjust group

  1. To fine tune the color tone, click Recolor, and then click Picture Color Options. Under Color, move the Temperature slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

ShowRecolor a picture

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

  1. Click the picture that you want to change the color for, and then click the Format Picture tab.
  2. Under Adjust, click Recolor, and then under Recolor, click the one that you want.

Format Picture tab, Adjust group

ShowChange the transparency of a color

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 that you want to change the transparency of a color for, and then click the Format Picture tab.
  2. Under Adjust, click Recolor, click Set Transparent Color, and then click the color in the picture or image that you want to make transparent.

Format Picture tab, Adjust group

 Note   You cannot make more than one color in a picture transparent. Areas that appear to be a single color (for example, blue sky) might actually be made up of a range of subtle color variations. Therefore, the color that you select might appear in only a small area. This is why it might be difficult to see the transparent effect.

See also

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Apply or remove an artistic effect from a picture

Change the brightness, contrast, or blurriness of a picture

Remove the background of a picture

 
 
Applies to:
Excel for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2011