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Have you ever wanted to use a clipart, but it had the wrong colors or an element you didn't like? It's actually possible to edit the graphics you find in the clipart gallery. Note that this only works on drawings, not on photographs and not on all drawings either, but it's usually possible. The first step is to ungroup the graphic, so you can work with all of its components. I'll click on the picture and then come up to the Picture Tools Format tab. On the right side of the ribbon there is a button for Group and when I click on it I'll see Ungroup, I'll click on that.
Now I get an alert window that says, This is an imported picture, not a group. Do you want to convert it to a Microsoft Office drawing object? And I do. Now note that sometimes you might need to do that step twice, but in our case, once will work just fine. The image has now changed into a drawing canvas which we talked about in a previous video. All of the elements of the clipart have been broken up into pieces. To really see the affect of this, click anywhere in the box and perform the keyboard command, Ctrl+A for Select All.
You'll see all the resizing handles for all of the graphic elements, but we don't want to make any changes yet, so go ahead and click outside the box, don't change anything quite yet. The first way that we're going to change our clipart is to recolor it, you'll find an element that you want to recolor and click on it. Depending on the complexity of your drawing it may take your couple tries, but I'm going to click right in the middle of the white part of my apple, and I'm going to go back to the Drawing Tools Format ribbon and I'll click on Shape Fill, and I'll make my apple red.
I'll then click in the middle of my leaf and go up to Shape Fill and make it green, and I'll click in my orange and make my orange, orange. If there are any elements that you like to remove, like this green shape in the background, click on that and simply press Delete on your keyboard. You can also add elements, I'll go back to the Insert tab and find Shapes on the ribbon and drop that down and find the heart, I'll hold down the Shift key to make sure that it's proportional and draw a little heart right between our apple and orange, and I can move it where I want it to go.
After you finish recoloring your image or adding and subtracting elements, it's time to regroup it again, click on any one object and do a Ctrl+A again to select all of them. While you're on the Drawing Tool's Format ribbon, go back over to the Group button on the far right and group the item. Now I have my one image inside my drawing canvas. You can either leave it there or if you like to get rid of the drawing canvas I'll do a Ctrl+X to cut my image. I'll click on the edge of my drawing canvas and hit Delete on my keyboard to delete it.
and then I'll perform a Ctrl+V to paste my image back into my document again. The ability to edit Word's clipart and other GIFs widens the range of graphics you can use in your documents; it also saves you from the vast learning curve of Photoshop and other graphic editors.
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