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In Publisher 2010 Essential Training, author David Rivers demonstrates how to create professional publications, such as brochures, newsletters, and menus. Using real-world examples, the course includes an overview of the different types of publications available in Publisher, shows how to use Publisher's tools for modifying text, objects, and tables, and explains how to customize layout and design options. Tutorials on performing mail merges and preparing publications for the web and for print are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
Once you've inserted a picture into your publication, you may want to make some adjustments to it. Think about photographs, for example, that might be too bright, too dark, or maybe they're lacking in contrast. These are things you can adjust right from within Publisher. You don't need a separate graphics application to do this. So we are going to continue to work with our brochure publication, and we will just click the image on the second page, in the middle panel here. We're zoomed way in; in fact we're going to zoom even further. Let's go up to about 250%, so we can get a close look at this image, which is really a photograph with a frame around it.
When we select an image like this, you'll notice the Picture tools is highlighted at the top, and the new Format tab appears on the Ribbon, at the end. So we'll click the Format tab, which gives us access to a number of things we can do to this particular image. In fact, we are going to focus in the Adjust group here, where we do have access to Brightness, Contrast, and Coloring options. We'll start with the Brightness. We'll click the dropdown. Now we can just hover over these options to see a live preview. You can see at +40%; it's washed right out. As we move down, it's less and less bright, and then Normal in the middle, which is currently selected, is what we are looking at.
We can go darker even if we wanted to. So let's just go a little bit brighter, a +10%, and now we'll go to the Contrast and adjust it the exact same way. When we click this button, again, it's up to +40%, all the way down to -40%. So we're going to bump this up to +10. Now, this changes the look of our image. You may want to improve the image, or create an effect for that image, as well. Another way to create an effect is to recolor it. Click the Recolor dropdown, and you'll see at the top, No Recoloring is selected, but if you want to go grayscale or black and white, you could choose that from color modes.
There is a Sepia option, as well, for that old-fashioned look. There are some dark and light variations as well. So as we move down this, you can see the effects as we hover over them, a live preview. I kind of like this dark green variation. There are more variations to choose from if you wanted to take it a step further. Well, let's just go to this dark green variation. Now, we'll just click off the image to see the end result clearly. It looks pretty good. Another thing you might want to do is remove the background of an image, to create a transparency.
We're going to do that on page 1. So click page 1. Let's just go up to View and choose Whole Page, because this is the image here, on the third panel of this first page that we want to adjust. So I'll select it. Now let's just bump up our slider up to, say about 150%. And you can see it does have a background that's shaded, and you might want to remove that, just create a transparency so you can see through this image. Well, in that case you go back to the Format tab under Picture tools, click Recolor, and you'll see at the very bottom Set Transparent Color.
When you select this, your mouse pointer turns into this little eraser. Now, you can go into the image itself and click the color that you want to make transparent. In this case, it's the color in the background. One click creates that transparency we were looking for. Now we can just click off the page to really see the end result. This looks much better. So there are a few options then. If you do want to make adjustments to your images, you don't have to go into the separate graphics application first. There're some changes you can make right from within Publisher that'll save you a lot of time and effort.
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