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Applying filters to your images on Google Slides

Anyone with basic skills can insert and resize an image to add color and style to a Google Slides presentation. However, knowing how to apply a filter to your slides’ images demonstrates an advanced level of skill.

The steps you’ll learn within this tutorial, though basic and easy to follow, will help you add pop to your project that may have been missing in previous slides presentations. In addition to knowing how to change your google pictures, the filtering knowledge will also capture your intended audience’s eye, adding overall clarity to your projected point.

Changing the color of your pictures

One of the two ways to add a filter to the images in your Google Slides is to recolor the chosen picture directly.

  1. Select the image you want to recolor.
  2. Go up to the toolbar at the upper part of your screen. Then over to the far-right side, and click on “Format options.” 
Format image options Google slides

3. Then a drop bar will appear, and you’ll go down to the option “Recolor”. 

Recolor menu

4. Pick from the selection of color suggestions they display. 

Choose color variant

If you’re satisfied with your Google photo’s filter at this point, STOP. If you want to revise the image further, here is one final step.

5. You can modify your image further with the following process:

Go back up to “Format options,” move down the drop bar to where it says “Adjustments.” Here, you can adjust the transparency, brightness, and contrast of your filtered picture. 

Different color options

Filtering with a shape

Another alternative method to filter your pictures on Google Slides is overlapping the chosen image with a shape.

  1. Go up to your toolbar at the upper part of the screen and click on “Insert.” Then click on “Shape” in the drop bar and go over to the sub-option “shapes.” 
Add new vector shape

2. Then you need to align the shape with the image. You do this by grouping the two elements (which you can learn about in another Google Slides tutorial if you’re unfamiliar with this skill). Next, go up to “Arrange,” down the drop bar to “Align,” and choose the option “Center.” 

Align the shape with the image
Overlay shapes and images

3. Once the two elements are overlapped, fill the shape—using the icon shaped like a paint bucket on the toolbar. 

Choose shape color

4. When your shape is the color you desire, reduce the transparency by going up to the fill icon at the upper part of the screen, choosing “custom” at the bottom of the drop bar, and changing the transparency. 

Edit shape transparency

Your new design

Now that you understand how to add filters to pictures in Google Slides, you have at least one skill that sets your presentations aside from every other generic slide project. Though it may seem like such a small piece of knowledge, it could mean all the difference in your design.

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