Rich Color Overlays in PowerPoint (That look like the Adobe Multiply Blend Mode)

How to do the Multiply Blend Mode in PowerPoint

Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve Sheets

Dec 13, 2022

When designers start using PowerPoint, they inevitably say “I wish PowerPoint had the Multiply effect from Adobe”. 

This tutorial shows how to quickly mimic the multiply effect that leaves you with rich colors and photography rather than the washed out look that editing opacity alone does.


  • PowerPoint users with an emphasis on color and beautiful photography


  • PowerPoint


  • By using a few settings beyond opacity, you can adapt elements on your slide to behave and work in the same way as the multiply blend mode

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Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve is a designer with high expectations for a final product but he tends to obsess over process too. He likes to know the many ways to get things done, the advantages of each and their oh so scary pitfalls. Perhaps that's why he has a Mac and a PC?

"Workflows are one of the few times in life where the best way tends to be the easy way, the trick is figuring out what's 'easy' for your specific situation."

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