How to Apply Filters to the Pictures in Google Slides

How to Apply Filters to the Pictures in Google Slides | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

In a presentation, images usually convey a lot of information. A good picture could help you connect with your audience and make them remember your speech for a long time. Sometimes, you could end up having several pictures without a significant visual consistency, but that can be remedied by using filters. In this Slidesgo School tutorial, you’ll learn how to apply filters to the pictures in your Google Slides presentation step by step.

Recoloring Pictures

  • Open your Google Slides presentation.
  • Select the picture you want to modify.
  • Go to the toolbar and click Format options → Recolor.
Recolor tab in Format options

You’ll see a list containing different presets to change the color of the picture:

Recolor presets

Once the filter is chosen, you can modify its parameters:

  • Format options → Adjustments → Transparency. Drag the slider to make the image either more or less visible.
Adjusting the transparency
  • Format options → Adjustments → Brightness. Drag the slider to change the luminosity of the picture.
Adjusting the brightness
  • Format options → Adjustments → Contrast. Drag the slider to modify the intensity of the picture.
Adjusting the contrast
  • To reset the picture, just click the Reset button. The parameters will revert to their original state (but you’ll keep the recolor).
Resetting the picture

Here’s a little trick to get even a better result:

  • Create a duplicate of the picture and place it next to the original.
  • Apply the desired filter to the duplicate.
Applying a filter to the duplicate
Using the align options in Google Slides
Using the align options
  • Adjust the transparency of the duplicate (which is on top). To do so, go to Format options → Adjustments → Transparency.
Adjusting the transparency of the duplicate

This trick will allow you to fine-tune the effect and make it more subtle without losing too much depth or volume, so you’ll be able to keep all the tones.

Recoloring Pictures Using Masks

  • Open your Google Slides presentation.
  • Create a new shape. To do so, click Insert → Shape → Shapes. Then choose the desired shape from the list.

As an example, let’s use a circle. Don’t forget to hold the Shift key to keep the proportions.

Creating a circle
Aligning both elements
  • Now choose the color for this shape by clicking Fill color (the icon looks like a paint bucket).
Choosing a fill color
  • Adjust the transparency of the color to achieve a nice effect by clicking Fill color → Custom → Transparency.
Adjusting the transparency of the color
  • Here's a comparison between the effect achieved with the mask and the original picture.
Comparison