How to Recolor a Picture in Google Slides

Key takeaways:

  • Google Slides offers built-in tools to easily recolor images without needing external editing software
  • You can apply preset color filters or manually adjust image properties like transparency, brightness, and contrast
  • Two main methods for recoloring: using the Format options panel directly, or placing a colored shape behind the image

Google Slides is a powerful presentation tool that allows you to create engaging and visually appealing slideshows. One of its handy features is the ability to recolor images directly within the app, without the need for external image editing software. In this article, we’ll explore two easy methods to change the color of your pictures in Google Slides and give your presentations a cohesive, professional look.

Using the Format Options Panel

The simplest way to recolor an image in Google Slides is by using the built-in Format options panel. Here’s how:

  1. Select the image you want to modify in your Google Slides presentation.
  2. Click on the “Format options” button in the toolbar. This will open a new panel on the right side of the screen.
  3. In the Format options panel, navigate to the “Recolor” tab. Here, you’ll see a list of preset color filters to choose from. The available presets depend on the color palette used in your presentation theme.
  4. Select the color preset that best fits your design. You can further refine the look by adjusting the image’s transparency, brightness, and contrast in the “Adjustments” tab.

This method is quick and easy, but if you need to replace the image later on, you’ll have to reapply the color adjustments to the new picture.

Layering a Colored Shape Behind the Image

For a more flexible approach that allows you to swap out images without losing your color settings, try this alternative method:

  1. Create a rectangular shape that matches the size of your image. You can do this by clicking “Insert” > “Shape” > “Shapes” and selecting the rectangle option.
  2. Fill the rectangle with your desired color using the “Fill color” tool in the toolbar.
  3. Place the rectangle on your slide, then position your image on top of it.
  4. Adjust the image’s transparency using the “Adjustments” tab in the Format options panel until you achieve the desired color effect.

By using a colored shape as a background, you can easily replace the image without having to redo the color adjustments.

Enhancing Your Images Further

In addition to recoloring, Google Slides offers several other tools to enhance your images:

  • Transparency: Adjust the opacity of your image to create a subtle color overlay effect or to blend it with other elements on your slide.
  • Brightness and Contrast: Fine-tune the brightness and contrast of your image to make it stand out or to match the overall tone of your presentation.
  • Drop Shadow: Add depth and dimension to your pictures by applying a drop shadow. Customize the shadow’s color, transparency, angle, distance, and blur radius for the perfect look.
  • Reflection: Create a mirrored effect beneath your image by adding a reflection. Adjust the transparency, distance, and size of the reflection to suit your design.

By combining these effects with the recoloring techniques described above, you can create truly stunning visuals for your Google Slides presentations.


Can I recolor images in Google Slides on mobile devices?

Yes, the recoloring tools are available in the Google Slides apps for both Android and iOS. The process is similar to the desktop version, with the Format options accessible by tapping on the image and selecting “Format options” from the menu.

How do I reset an image to its original colors?

To remove any color adjustments and return an image to its original state, simply select “No recolor” in the “Recolor” tab of the Format options panel.

Can I apply color adjustments to multiple images at once?

Unfortunately, Google Slides does not currently support applying color adjustments to multiple images simultaneously. You’ll need to recolor each image individually.

Will recoloring an image affect its resolution or quality?

No, applying color filters or adjustments in Google Slides will not impact the original resolution or quality of your image. However, keep in mind that starting with a high-quality image is essential for the best results in your presentation.

By mastering the art of recoloring images in Google Slides, you can create visually stunning presentations that effectively communicate your message and captivate your audience. Experiment with different color filters and adjustments to find the perfect look for your slides, and don’t be afraid to get creative with layering and effects. With a little practice, you’ll be designing professional-grade presentations in no time!