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Chapter 6. Adding Graphics > Image Editing

Image Editing

Word has a variety of image-editing tools that you can use to correct and edit digital photos, scans, and other bit-mapped (dot-based) pictures. Depending on your needs, you may find that a more advanced image-editing application is unnecessary.

To edit a picture

Optional: A picture can be edited in place in the Word document or in a separate window. To open the picture in its own window, select the picture and choose Edit > Edit Picture (or Edit > Picture Object > Open).

Edit commands can be chosen from the Picture toolbar (Figure 6.14) or the Formatting Palette. If necessary, open one of these by choosing View > Toolbars > Picture or View > Formatting Palette.

Figure 6.14. Image-editing commands can be selected from the Picture toolbar.

Choose commands from the Picture toolbar or Formatting Palette:

  • Click Format Picture to set text wrap or precisely adjust the image size, cropping, contrast, or brightness.

  • Click the Free Rotate icon and drag any of the green corner handles to rotate the picture to a new angle.

  • Click the Effects icon to apply a special effects filter to the entire image or to a selected area (Figure 6.15).

    Figure 6.15. Some effects, such as Chrome, can render a photo's subject matter unrecognizable.

  • Click the Simple Shadow icon to add a shadow behind the image.

  • Click the Image Control icon to convert the picture to grayscale or black and white. To dim the picture's colors so it recedes into the background, choose Watermark.

  • Click a Contrast or Brightness icon to increase or reduce the appropriate property. Additional clicks intensify the effect.

  • To make all areas with a specific color in the picture transparent (allowing that color to blend with the background), click Set Transparent Color and select the color with the eyedropper cursor that appears.

  • To adjust colors or their saturation, click the Color Adjustment icon. In the dialog box that appears (Figure 6.16), select the color that you want to adjust (red, green, or blue) or select Saturation. Then drag the slider to a new setting or click one of the preview images. Click Apply to apply the new color settings to your image.

    Figure 6.16. In the Color Adjustment dialog box, click the radio button for the color or attribute you want to adjust, and then click the thumbnail that most closely matches the desired adjustment.

  • To eliminate red eye from a photo, click the Fix Red Eye icon and then click in the red portion of the eye. Repeat until all red is eliminated.

  • To eliminate a scratch from a photo or scan, click the Remove Scratch icon and then click the start and end points of any straight segment of the scratch. Repeat as necessary for additional segments.

  • To crop a picture (removing unnecessary material from around the subject, for example), click the Crop icon. Then click a handle and drag.

  • Use the selection tools to select a portion of an image for editing. After a selection has been made, you can copy, cut, or apply a filter to it. You can also create a cutout from the selection (Figure 6.17) by clicking the Cutout icon.

    Figure 6.17. A cutout is a crop based on a selection—in this case, a circular one.



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