This post discusses how to customize image color or recolor options in Microsoft Office or Microsoft 365, giving you higher control over saturation, tone, and openness. Guidelines cover Microsoft Workplace (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 2019, 2016, 2013, Microsoft 365, and Workplace for Mac.
Changing Image Color in Microsoft Office or Microsoft 365
When you wish to fix or change the color of an image or use a sepia or grayscale result, follow these steps:
Open the Microsoft program along with a document with images inserted.
If you do not yet have images inserted, go to Insert > Illustrations, select either Pictures or Online Pictures.
To change the color, you can use the pre-made correction presets or use Picture Color Options for fine-tuning. (Shown in action 7.).
The presets you see will vary depending on which program and version you are working in, but must consist of Saturation, Color Tone, and Recolor.
Saturation refers to the depth of color used to your image. Notice how these presets range throughout a spectrum of color depths. If you see one that would work well for your job, select it here, among worths in between 0% and 400%.
Color Tone refers to the warmth or coolness of the image color, and this preset also offers choices along a spectrum. You will notice these values have different temperature ratings, denoting how warm or cool the image tone is.
Recolor refers to a color wash placed over an image. This means your image will be treated as black and white, but with other options for the “white”. It means the fill or background color, as well as some tones in the line art itself, will take on that color. Presets typically include Sepia, Grayscale, Washout, and other options.
Alternatively, select Color > Picture Color Options.
Adjust the Saturation using the dial or numerical input.
Adjust the Color Tone using the dial or numerical input, remembering that Color Tone is adjusted in terms of temperature and refers to how warm or cool the image hues appear.
If you wish, Recolor the entire image using the drop-down menu.
An intriguing tool to use that’s located at Format > Color > Set Transparent Color, enables you to make a color in the selected image transparent. After choosing this tool, when you pick a specific color in the image, all other pixels with that color will end up being transparent.
From time to time, we have encountered a number of images that simply would not respond to these tools. If you are facing a great deal of trouble, try testing another image to see if this might be the issue. You might need to discover another image format or use another image if the issue persists.