Changing ClipArt Colors
This is one that some
people don't know because they assume ClipArt works the same in all the
Office programs. But, PowerPoint has some greater capabilities
when it comes to graphics than Word or Excel. Here's an example:
Inside PowerPoint, insert
a ClipArt picture in one of your slides by going to the Insert Menu and
choosing Picture, then ClipArt. When you insert the ClipArt, you
should see your Picture Toolbar. If you don't, go to the View Menu
and choose Toolbars, then Picture.
Make sure your picture is
selected by clicking on it once so it has the little white boxes around
it and look on your Picture Toolbar for the "Recolor Picture"
button. It should be the fourth one from the right end and looks
like a paint bucket with a picture behind it. Click on it and you
will see this box:
As you can see, all of the
colors in your ClipArt image are listed on the right and to the left are
dropdown boxes where you can choose different colors to replace them. As
you change them, notice the preview on the right changes to show you how
your ClipArt will look with the new colors.
Once you've made all your
changes, simply click OK and your picture appears in your slide with its
I've used this to change
yellow flowers to pink ones and dull gray cars to flashy red ones.
The thing to remember is that changing the color in one place changes
every instance of that color in your picture. So, if you don't
mind the gray-haired man sitting in the gray car becoming a redhead when
his car changes, you will be fine.
Hang in there!
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