PowerPoint Photo Tip: Brightness and Contrast Photo Filter
Welcome to another quick tutorial in my PowerPoint Photo Tip series. We’ll be looking at adjusting brightness and contrast of photos.
Have you ever thought ‘oh this photo is too dark?’ How about ‘oh no my ancestors have faded into the background?’. But you weren’t sure how to fix the problems. Then this is the photo tip for you. I’ll explain what brightness and contrast is, then how to apply it to images in PowerPoint.
Brightness and Contrast – what does it mean?
Brightness is the level of lightness (or darkness) in each image. Adding lightness can increase the visibility of the objects in a dark photo while decreasing it may increase the visibility of images in a light photo.
Contrast is the difference between the brightness level and the objects. You know those faded photos where people are becoming a part of the background? That is low contrast.
Ready to give this a shot?
PowerPoint is not photo editing software but does let you add filters to a photo. Therefore this is an excellent tool for photo-based invitations or other templates. It helps you create something unique and add your own artistic touch to the design.
If you do save the adjusted photo, always keep the original picture. Work with a copy. When you save, use a version number or new name.
PowerPoint is not photo editing software but lets you add filters to a photo. There is the option to export the image with the filter applied or without. We’ll look at this in an upcoming PowerPoint Photo Tips.
Remember to always work with a copy of your digital photo and save as a new version or name.
What you will need
- Any of my PowerPoint templates or your own photo
- Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your computer
This instruction will work with any of my photo templates but also work with any image inserted in PowerPoint. Use these are the steps to make brightness and contrast corrections to your photos.
Select the image that you want to adjust. This step will activate the Picture Tools/Format tab on the ribbon.
On the Picture Tools/Format tab, in the Adjust group, select Corrections.
Choose from the preset options by clicking any thumbnail under Brightness/Contrast. The centre one is the default image. The grid of thumbnails shows the brightness from less to more going left to right. The contrast is less to more going top to bottom. To preview how your image will appear, let your mouse pointer hover over any of the thumbnails.
If none of the presets are quite hitting the mark? Then click Picture Corrections Options to open the Format Picture pane.
Use the slider for Brightness or Contrast to adjust the levels. Or enter a number (positive or negative) to be more precise.
Experiment with different levels to find the best look for your image. It is easy to return to the original photo in the Format Picture pane by selecting Reset. Or choose the middle option from the presets.
How did you go?
So that’s it, the basics of adjusting the brightness and contrast in PowerPoint. Because it makes quite the difference, right? Therefore it’s now time for you to get creative. After all, there is no right or wrong way. So don’t forget that your imagination your only limit!