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Adjusting brightness, contrast, and sharpness of photos

From: Word 2010 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting brightness, contrast, and sharpness of photos

If the photo you need to illustrate your document requires some correction, don't worry. Word 2010 has a great new Editing tools to fine tune photographs. This is a section of a document that we created earlier and here two photos and some of the surrounding text. When I click on one of the photos, the Picture Tools Format tab appears, and there are some tools here that will help you adjust even a relatively bad photograph like this one.

Adjusting brightness, contrast, and sharpness of photos

If the photo you need to illustrate your document requires some correction, don't worry. Word 2010 has a great new Editing tools to fine tune photographs. This is a section of a document that we created earlier and here two photos and some of the surrounding text. When I click on one of the photos, the Picture Tools Format tab appears, and there are some tools here that will help you adjust even a relatively bad photograph like this one.

In this photo, if I didn't necessarily know it was a tree, especially when it was on its side, I wouldn't easily be able to tell that, and yet this is the photo of the tree that we need to use that sits near the gate at our company headquarters. So we'd like to take this photo that somebody gave us at the last minute and correct it. There are two types of corrections. One is called Sharpen and Soften, and the other is a combination of Brightness and Contrast. Now, you can actually set Brightness and Contrast separately, but this is a better way to do it with this tool.

If I wanted to set it separately, I could right-click, and I could choose to Format picture, and I'll find, for example, that I have a choice to work on my Picture Color and do picture corrections in Brightness and Contrast, here are separate. But I'm going to use them together in this single control that works very well. First, let's take a look. This is the current photo as it is now, and as we move to the right, we actually get brighter. So simply notice just moving and increasing the brightness 20% and then 40%, now I can tell there's a tree, and it's quite crisp.

My Contrast is in the vertical dimension, so I can decrease my Contrast, and you'll notice that the photo gets lighter, but somehow less crisp, or I can increase my Contrast. So it appears that increase in Brightness and perhaps even a decrease in Contrast works very well to turn this picture into that picture. Having made that choice, I can now still go back and choose to Sharpen this picture if I wish. Here's a softer look, a blurrier look.

50% softer, 25% softer. Here's my original. And here it is, 25% sharper and 50% sharper, and you'll notice that even at 50% sharper, in this size, on this page, that actually makes this photo look better. Watch again: a little blurry, sharper, even sharper yet. So I could choose either of these very comfortably. I think I'll choose 25% sharper.

So with one tool, I can adjust Sharpness and Brightness and Contrast. Again, we can right-click though and choose format picture and access these tools independently all on one page. There are my Presets here. My Preset Gallery is here, so if I wished, I could find a sharpness that was not quite 50%, but more like 35%. And notice that that is sharper, not sort of the surrealistic sharpness that 50% was, and not the almost sharp enough of 25%.

So a reason to sharpen and soften in the dialog box is to enter values that aren't there in the Presets. The same thing is true here with Contrast. I actually thought that perhaps a slightly lower contrast would be even better. And I can move towards that. I can say well how about splitting the difference or close to that at 30%? A little more than 25, but not anywhere close to 50. And I have to wonder if slightly more bright would also be good. And I can make those adjustments here.

If you know when you are using the Presets, that you're having a hard time choosing, for example, between decreasing Contrast by 40% or by 20%, that's a good clue that perhaps 30& is the correct answer. So you can open the Format Picture dialog box and make those more precise adjustments to your image. In Word 2010's Picture Editing features, Sharpen and Soften, Brightness and Contrast help you create great illustrations for your documents, even when the photos and images that you're working with are far from perfect.

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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
    3. Creating placeholder text
      2m 57s
  2. 33m 47s
    1. Using the Word interface
      8m 56s
    2. Understanding the Ribbon
      8m 10s
    3. Customizing the Quick Access toolbar
      3m 10s
    4. Using Word's document tools
      8m 5s
    5. Using the Navigation pane to find words or phrases in a document
      5m 26s
  3. 30m 53s
    1. Managing documents with Backstage view
      4m 42s
    2. Creating a new document from a template
      5m 11s
    3. Making it easy to find and open documents
      3m 59s
    4. Saving a Word document for yourself or others
      7m 1s
    5. Printing a document and choosing a printer
      3m 33s
    6. Setting print options
      6m 27s
  4. 24m 24s
    1. Selecting text using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts
      4m 57s
    2. Rearranging text using Cut, Copy, and Paste
      7m 38s
    3. Undoing and redoing actions
      4m 8s
    4. Finding and replacing text
      7m 41s
  5. 27m 40s
    1. Understanding fonts
      6m 32s
    2. Working with fonts
      5m 29s
    3. Applying basic formatting
      6m 25s
    4. Changing the case of text
      4m 22s
    5. Using text effects and adding impact to a document
      4m 52s
  6. 29m 44s
    1. Aligning and justifying paragraphs
      2m 55s
    2. Changing line spacing
      5m 2s
    3. Using indents and setting tabs
      7m 20s
    4. Creating a bulleted or numbered list
      6m 11s
    5. Keeping text together through page breaks
      4m 2s
    6. Applying shading and borders to paragraphs
      4m 14s
  7. 50m 10s
    1. Power formatting with styles
      7m 34s
    2. Changing a document's theme
      6m 59s
    3. Changing style sets, color sets, fonts, and paragraph spacing
      3m 31s
    4. Applying Quick Styles and clearing formatting
      5m 18s
    5. Creating a Quick Style set
      6m 24s
    6. Using the Navigation pane with styles
      3m 1s
    7. Easily creating a table of contents
      5m 32s
    8. Restricting formatting to a selection of styles
      4m 58s
    9. Creating a multilevel list using styles
      6m 53s
  8. 48m 1s
    1. Creating a table to organize text
      6m 11s
    2. Converting text to tables
      3m 36s
    3. Formatting tables for readability
      4m 8s
    4. Adding and removing columns
      5m 36s
    5. Sorting table data
      5m 19s
    6. Merging, splitting, and formatting cells to create a form
      8m 53s
    7. Converting a table to text
      2m 41s
    8. Inserting an Excel table for calculations and charts
      7m 18s
    9. Using Quick Tables
      4m 19s
  9. 1h 7m
    1. Illustrating documents with pictures, shapes, and clip art
      8m 43s
    2. Positioning, sizing, and cropping graphics
      6m 11s
    3. Wrapping text around graphics
      4m 54s
    4. Laying out text and graphics with a table
      6m 50s
    5. Adjusting brightness, contrast, and sharpness of photos
      4m 30s
    6. Applying special effects to graphics
      5m 4s
    7. Applying styles to graphics
      5m 40s
    8. Illustrating with charts: Inserting a chart from Excel
      8m 26s
    9. Illustrating with diagrams: Using SmartArt
      10m 22s
    10. Illustrating with screenshots: Capturing screenshots from your computer
      3m 17s
    11. Illustrating with WordArt
      3m 35s
  10. 34m 10s
    1. Understanding building blocks
      3m 41s
    2. Numbering pages and applying headers and footers
      6m 56s
    3. Adding cover pages and blank pages
      3m 50s
    4. Using text boxes for document design
      8m 16s
    5. Creating and saving custom headers and footers
      6m 21s
    6. Creating and saving Quick Parts
      5m 6s
  11. 23m 40s
    1. Setting page margins, page orientation, and paper size
      6m 30s
    2. Inserting sections to organize a document
      5m 17s
    3. Using columns
      5m 23s
    4. Using watermarks, page borders, and colors
      6m 30s
  12. 20m 15s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      5m 6s
    2. Setting proofing and AutoCorrect options
      7m 21s
    3. Using the Thesaurus and Research and Translation tools
      7m 48s
  13. 21m 3s
    1. Tracking changes and showing markup
      5m 29s
    2. Accepting and rejecting changes
      4m 35s
    3. Comparing and combining documents
      6m 42s
    4. Coauthoring documents with SharePoint
      4m 17s
  14. 40m 56s
    1. Trouble-free document sharing
      5m 38s
    2. Emailing a document
      4m 4s
    3. Saving a document to a Windows Live drive
      4m 8s
    4. Saving to SharePoint and sharing a document link
      3m 59s
    5. Using Word on the web
      3m 4s
    6. Blogging with a document
      4m 27s
    7. Finalizing and password-protecting a document
      3m 38s
    8. Restricting editing for all or part of a document
      6m 3s
    9. Digitally signing a document
      5m 55s
  15. 25m 18s
    1. Changing Word options
      5m 42s
    2. Customizing the Ribbon
      7m 22s
    3. Creating and playing a macro
      8m 8s
    4. Assigning a macro to the Ribbon
      4m 6s
  16. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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