Powerpoint - set color blending mode to 'multiply'
Dear PowerPoint mods
I think you underrate PPT as a design tool. It's bloody good.
One thing that would take it to the next level though is if you'd implement 'multiply' as a color blending mode.
This would be truly amazing. You've already got a ton of other powerful design features like boolean operations, EMF file integration etc etc, but what you're missing is 'multiply'.
This would change lots of designers lives who use PPT on the reg.
Don Chavez commented
I second and third this. It allows unique blending effects to be created and edited on the fly. For example, let's say I want to fade an image to white. One way achieve this is to place a rectangle with a linear gradient from black to white over a portion of the image and set this shape's blending color to multiply. It will result in an effect that blends the colored image to white without any hard white edges.
Oddly, there is a feature quite similar to this that already exists.
If you're talking about recolouring images by drawing adjustments to them then a Highlighter is your best shot. I'm rather sure this is the Overlay blend, and it does the job pretty well. You can't cut and paste as a picture but you can use snipping tool to cut out the preview version (the rendered version when you paste as a picture is a Normal blend). However, your colours are limited and you can't overlay images on top of each other. Instead, you'd have to get an ActiveX picturebox and use an API to modify a bitmap image and manually apply the blend, but honestly that's ridiculously tricky and over-the-top. I would love to see such a feature implemented into PowerPoint.