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Chapter 5. Creating, Editing, and Using ... > Viewing, Editing, and Managing Pictu...

Viewing, Editing, and Managing Pictures

Digital pictures usually need a bit of manipulation—and sometimes major surgery—before they fit properly into a document. Office 2003 includes the same internal image-editing tools that were in previous versions. Using buttons on the Picture toolbar, you can crop, compress, lighten, darken, rotate, and colorize digital images. When you do this sort of manipulation, the original image file remains untouched; your changes affect only the image included in the Office file.

If you want to work directly with image files, you can use a new tool introduced with Office 2003, Microsoft Picture Manager. This standalone program lets you organize collections of image files from local hard disks, shared network folders, and SharePoint Web sites. You can perform most of the same image editing and compression tasks as you can with the built-in Office tools, and then some. On images afflicted with red eye, for instance, you can get the red out with one click. You can also convert images to alternative formats (from the space-hogging Bitmap format to the more efficient JPEG or GIF format, for instance), a trick that is impossible with the built-in Office tools.



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