PowerPoint Photo Tip: Saturation Photo Filter

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Welcome to another quick tutorial in my PowerPoint Photo Tip series. This week I’m going to explain saturation and what it means for your photos.

Do you ever think that your photo isn’t as vivid as you remember that day? Or color the colour is too intense for the invitation or printable? That’s saturation. When talking about photos, high saturation means bright and intense colors, while low saturation indicates there is less color intensity.

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.

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 for any of your photos inserted in PowerPoint. Use these steps to increase or decrease the saturation of your photos.

Adjust Saturation

Step One

Select the image that you want to adjust. This step will activate the Picture Tools/Format tab on the ribbon.

Step Two

On the Picture Tools/Format tab, in the Adjust group, select Color.

Step Three

There are 7 presets under Color Saturation. The three on the left will decrease intensity. While the three on the right will increase intensity. The middle option will reset the photo to the original settings. Preview your image with different settings, hover your mouse pointer over each thumbnail.

PowerPoint Photo Tips Color Saturation
Navigating the color saturation presets in PowerPoint

Step Four

Maybe none of the presets are hitting the mark? Click Picture Colour Options to open the Format Picture pane.

PowerPoint Format Picture Pane showing Color Saturation settings
Presets not quite right? Manually adjust the saturation in the Format Picture pane

Step Five

Use the slider for Saturation to increase or decrease the color intensity. Or enter a percentage to be more precise. The default setting is 100%. Higher numbers will increase the strength and lower numbers will decrease it.

When you experiment with the color intensity, remember that it’s easy to return to the original settings. Either click Reset in the Format Picture pane or choose the middle option from the presets.

How did you go?

So, that’s the basics of adjusting the saturation of your photos 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!

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