PowerPoint Photo Tips Colour Tone Feature
LEFT TO RIGHT: Original photo, lower (cooler) temperature, and higher (warmer) temperature

Welcome to the next tutorial in my PowerPoint Photo Tip series. This week I’m going to look at the color tone (temperature) filter and what applying it will do to your photos.

What is color tone?

So we’ve all seen photos that seem a little too blue? Or a bit too yellow? The blue when the color tone is low and is a cool temperature. The yellow means that the color tone is high and is a warm temperature. This can happen through age, through exposure or camera settings and PowerPoint views this as ‘color tone’

This can happen through age, through exposure or camera settings. Or maybe you want to make your photo appear cooler or warmer to create the right atmosphere for your invite or printable. It’s a few easy steps in PowerPoint to transform your images with this filter.

Ready to start?

PowerPoint is not photo editing software but does let you add filters to a photo. Therefore this is a great tool for photo-based invitations or other templates.

If you do save the adjusted photo, always keep the original photo. Work with a copy. When you save, use a version number or new name.

What you will need

  • Any of my PowerPoint templates or your own photo
  • Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your computer

This will work with any of my photo templates but also for any photo inserted in PowerPoint. Use these steps to increase or decrease the temperature of your photos.

Adjust color tone


Select the image that you want to adjust. This will activate the Picture Tools/Format tab on the ribbon.


On the Picture tools/Format tab, in the Adjust group, select Color.


There are 7 presets under Color Tone. The three on the left will decrease the color tone (ie make the image cooler). While the three on the right will increase it (ie make the image warmer)  The middle option will reset the photo to the original settings. To preview your image with different settings, hover your mouse pointer over each thumbnail.

PowerPoint Photo Tips Color Tone
PowerPoint color tone presets

Maybe none of the presets are hitting the mark? Click Picture Colour Options to open the Format Picture pane.

PowerPoint Photo Tips Format Picture Pane Color Tone Slider
Format Picture pane showing Temperature slider

Use the slider for Temperature to increase or decrease the color tone. Or enter a number to be more precise. The default setting is 6,500. Higher numbers will increase the warmth of the image and lower numbers create a cooler photo.

When you experiment remember that it’s easy to turn to the original settings. Either click Reset in the Format Picture pane or choose the middle option from the presets.

How did you go?

So, that’s the basics of adjusting the temperature (color tone) of your photos in Powerpoint. Because it makes quite the difference, right? Therefore it’s now time for you to get creative. After all, there is no right or wrong way. So don’t forget that your imagination your only limit!

Share your creativity

Because the tutorial over, now the creativity can begin. When you have added your touch to your file, head over to the Facebook Group and share a photo. Also, drop a comment below and let me know how you are enjoying this tutorial series. I’d love to hear from you.



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