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Creating transparent colors and removing backgrounds


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Word 2010 Power Shortcuts

with Alicia Katz Pollock

Video: Creating transparent colors and removing backgrounds

Word's graphics have certainly come a long way. You can now use Picture Tools to knock out backgrounds and remove spot color from images. No longer do you need to edit the image in Photoshop and then import it or suffer a logo with a white background. We'll start by removing the background from an image. I'm going to go to the Insert tab and click on the Picture button. I'll navigate to my Exercise Files to Chapter 10 and here I have a picture of some olives. This tool works best with uncluttered backgrounds and edges with a lot of contrast.
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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 44m 45s
    1. Selecting text for formatting
      7m 0s
    2. Mastering the Navigation pane
      3m 53s
    3. Using the Reveal Formatting pane
      4m 47s
    4. Clearing formatting
      1m 38s
    5. Adjusting paragraph spacing
      4m 58s
    6. Setting tabs using the ruler
      5m 59s
    7. Inserting horizontal lines
      3m 39s
    8. Using AutoCorrect to create abbreviations
      2m 12s
    9. Working with the text wrap features
      4m 58s
    10. Setting defaults for new documents
      5m 41s
  3. 4m 59s
    1. Opening recent files
      3m 2s
    2. Changing the AutoRecover settings
      1m 6s
    3. Changing the default saving location
      51s
  4. 6m 23s
    1. Using KeyTips to select Ribbon commands
      3m 18s
    2. Using keyboard shortcuts and function keys
      3m 5s
  5. 6m 48s
    1. Splitting the screen
      2m 12s
    2. Navigating with Browse by Object
      2m 35s
    3. Using the Go To tab in the Find and Replace dialog
      2m 1s
  6. 25m 50s
    1. Inserting random boilerplate text
      44s
    2. Selecting paste options
      4m 2s
    3. Inserting today's date
      2m 41s
    4. Using Click and Type
      45s
    5. Using Overtype mode
      2m 4s
    6. Cutting to the Spike
      2m 48s
    7. Using advanced Find and Replace techniques
      8m 0s
    8. Editing the dictionary
      2m 53s
    9. Refining grammar options
      1m 53s
  7. 38m 22s
    1. Marking inconsistent formatting
      1m 22s
    2. Applying theme colors vs. standard colors
      3m 30s
    3. Hiding text
      1m 56s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      6m 3s
    5. Working with AutoFormat
      4m 36s
    6. Typing symbols with AutoCorrect
      1m 30s
    7. Inserting nonbreaking spaces
      1m 16s
    8. Inserting diacritical marks
      2m 38s
    9. Creating drop caps
      1m 31s
    10. Inserting and removing hyperlinks
      5m 33s
    11. Refining OpenType text features
      4m 5s
    12. Replicating font formatting
      4m 22s
  8. 20m 33s
    1. Adding first-line indents
      3m 23s
    2. Controlling line and page breaks
      5m 59s
    3. Mastering columns
      5m 21s
    4. Inserting line numbering
      3m 7s
    5. Vertically centering a cover page
      2m 43s
  9. 10m 15s
    1. Modifying a heading style to include a page break
      2m 21s
    2. Using multi-level numbering in heading styles
      3m 15s
    3. Saving style modifications for future use
      3m 5s
    4. Assigning a keyboard shortcut to a style
      1m 34s
  10. 9m 24s
    1. Adding captions to tables, figures, and charts
      3m 28s
    2. Using advanced table features
      5m 56s
  11. 20m 29s
    1. Using a drawing canvas
      2m 50s
    2. Creating transparent colors and removing backgrounds
      4m 1s
    3. Editing clip art
      3m 5s
    4. Cropping a picture with a shape
      2m 24s
    5. Aligning, distributing, and grouping graphics
      3m 24s
    6. Compressing images
      4m 45s
  12. 5m 16s
    1. Inserting text from a file
      1m 4s
    2. Linking Excel objects
      4m 12s
  13. 32m 13s
    1. Setting up odd and even pages
      2m 27s
    2. Formatting page numbering for different document sections
      4m 16s
    3. Inserting bookmarks
      3m 6s
    4. Inserting cross-references
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing a table of contents
      4m 21s
    6. Creating citations and a bibliography
      4m 18s
    7. Using a style reference in a header
      3m 41s
    8. Mastering Outline view
      5m 50s
  14. 12m 48s
    1. Saving ink and paper when printing
      3m 46s
    2. Printing a booklet
      2m 28s
    3. Printing document metadata
      1m 8s
    4. Updating fields before printing
      3m 27s
    5. Embedding fonts in the file
      1m 59s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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Word 2010 Power Shortcuts
4h 0m Intermediate May 30, 2012

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In this course, author Alicia Katz Pollock shares the keyboard shortcuts, workflows, and commands that can transform the casual Word 2010 user into a pro. This course covers helpful and lesser-known techniques for making document navigation, content creation, formatting, layout, working with data, graphics integration, and publishing easier. Alicia also includes her favorite top 10 formatting tips in Word, from clearing existing formatting to inserting lines and creating abbreviations with AutoCorrect.

Topics include:
  • Opening recent files
  • Using keyboard shortcuts and F keys
  • Utilizing the Navigation Pane
  • Inserting boilerplate text
  • Editing the dictionary
  • Inserting symbols and special characters
  • Using styles creatively
  • Replicating font formatting
  • Mastering columns
  • Adding captions to tables, figures, and charts
  • Working with graphics
  • Linking Excel objects
  • Setting up page numbers and cross-references
  • Printing a booklet
  • Printing document metadata
Subjects:
Business Productivity
Software:
Office Word
Author:
Alicia Katz Pollock

Creating transparent colors and removing backgrounds

Word's graphics have certainly come a long way. You can now use Picture Tools to knock out backgrounds and remove spot color from images. No longer do you need to edit the image in Photoshop and then import it or suffer a logo with a white background. We'll start by removing the background from an image. I'm going to go to the Insert tab and click on the Picture button. I'll navigate to my Exercise Files to Chapter 10 and here I have a picture of some olives. This tool works best with uncluttered backgrounds and edges with a lot of contrast.

So it'll work relatively well in this image, but it won't be perfect. But it's a useful tool nonetheless. I'll click on my picture and so I am in the Picture ToolsFormat Ribbon. And the very first button says Remove Background. So I'll click on it. Now two things will happen; my picture turns pink and Word makes an attempt to figure out what the foreground of the pictures is. I also have a brand-new Ribbon. So the first button is Mark Areas to Keep. So if there are parts of the image that are missing, like this little nubbin down here, I'll go ahead and draw my pencil across it and it will think for a minute and add it in.

I'll also bring back in this part of the leaf right here. Let me go a little further. I usually find that painting with little lines is more effective. Notice that there is a bounding box here. If I hold my cursor over one of the handles and get a double-headed arrow, I can bring it up a little bit. This helps Word redefine what your focal point of the picture is, and sure enough, it added the stem right here. The next button is Mark Areas to Remove. I don't want this leaf. So I'm going to go ahead and draw a line across here.

And I'm going to draw a little line across here as well. I'll draw down this color leaf right here, and notice that I am basically drawing across an area of one solid color. Now that last one that I did, cut out too much and this is going to look awkward right here. The next button up on the Ribbon is Delete Mark and I'll click on it and click on that Minus (-), it goes away and the content comes back. Once I've spent some time refining all my little edges, I'll come up to the Ribbon and tell it to keep the changes.

Now I have a cutout of my olives. I'll go ahead and make this a lot smaller, change the Wrap Text to Square, and move it over here to the right-hand side. Check it out, I have olives. The next technique I want to show you is called Set Transparent Color and it works best for GIFs and drawings with areas of flat color. Go to the Insert tab and click on the Picture button. This time I'm going to use the bottle image. And I'll go ahead and grab the corner to shrink it down and change the Wrap to Square and move the button over to right-hand side.

Now this image was made on a white background and because we have a white background, it's going to be a little hard to see. So I'm going to take a moment and do something that's a little silly. I am going to go over to the Page Layout tab and go over to the Page Color button, and I'm going to make my document Light Green just so you can see the effect in action. So here I have a light green background, but a white outline around my bottle. I'll go back to the Picture ToolsFormat tab and I'm going to come over to the Color button on the left-hand side.

Down at the bottom there's an option for Set Transparent Color. When I click on it, my cursor turns into a pen with a little black angle on it and I'll click on it and my white background goes away. Now I have a cutout picture on a colored background, it looks fabulous. This is the perfect technique to use if you've ever inserted a logo onto a page and it has a white background. Now you can get rid of it. The ability to remove backgrounds and colors from your images right inside Word cuts down round-tripping from image editors saving you hours of time and workflow headaches.

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