Highlighting part of an image in PowerPoint

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:

waldo layers

  • 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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