Sometimes it is useful to highlight part of a larger image; that is, to make a part of the image stand out within the context of the whole image. For example, you may want to highlight your product within a scene, a particular word or phrase within an article or a “face in a crowd.”
Here’s an example:
Here’s the process:
- Duplicate the image.
- Draw a shape (an oval in this example) over the part of the duplicated image you want to highlight (Waldo).
- Select the image and the oval; use Merge Shapes/Intersect to fill the oval with Waldo’s face.
- Alternatively, Crop the duplicate image to the same dimensions as the shape. Copy the duplicate to the clipboard and use Fill/Picture to fill the oval from the clipboard; remove the shape’s outline.
- Position the filled shape carefully over the corresponding part of the original image.
- Duplicate the original image again; use Picture Tools/Recolor to “gray out” this version.
- Arrange the three parts so that the oval is in Front, the grayed image is next and the original color image is Back of the other images:
- Apply Entry/Fade animation to the gray image. Voila!
A previous post demonstrates other techniques to highlight part of an image.
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