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Applying special effects to graphics

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Video: Applying special effects to graphics

With Word 2010, you may not need to use other photo-editing software. You can add picture effects, like controlling the temperature and setting the color saturation right in Word. Word also includes a palette of artistic effects that you can apply directly to your photographs and other graphics. We're going to start with this small document that includes two photographs, that we've used earlier in this chapter. I'm going to select the photograph that includes olives hanging from a branch.

Applying special effects to graphics

With Word 2010, you may not need to use other photo-editing software. You can add picture effects, like controlling the temperature and setting the color saturation right in Word. Word also includes a palette of artistic effects that you can apply directly to your photographs and other graphics. We're going to start with this small document that includes two photographs, that we've used earlier in this chapter. I'm going to select the photograph that includes olives hanging from a branch.

On the Picture tools > Format tab, we're going to take a look at the different commands that are available in the Adjust group. First, we have a command that will allow us to change the color of this particular image. Now, the color saturation that we see here is the current saturation. If we wanted to tone this image down, we can choose a lower saturation. Note that as I make these choices, in the gallery, they're being reflected in the preview of the image. So, here's my image as it stands now, and here's way oversaturated.

Color tone, the same. I can drop the color tone, or I can increase the color tone. This is also known as coolness and warmth. I can recolor my image. For example, I could take this image and make it orange, or blue, or red. All of these colors are provided by the theme. So, if I were going to do this, I might take every single image in a particular document and color them all in one particular color to go with the theme, for example, here's our Olive Green.

If I did that and then chose this image, even though it was on another page, and did the same green, you notice that I'm creating a look for this document that says here's a document that will have spot color on the photographs only. I'm going to undo those two changes to the two photographs. We're going to take a look at the artistic effects that are available. This is an entire palette of options that retouch the photograph by applying some pretty radical effects.

None of these are really simple. For example, if we point here, we'll have one called Photocopy. This is what would happen if we took the photograph and we ran into a really bad photocopy process. But there are others. For example, this is what our photo would look like, had it been rendered as a pencil sketch. So again, thinking of not one single graphic in a document, but applying an effect to all of the graphics in a document, you can see that if we applied pencil effect to both of these, that we start to get our old-time feel in this document.

Let's undo those two changes. Let's choose another artistic effect. This artistic effect is called Plastic Wrap. Again, a really strange, but interesting, nonetheless, image, as if Plastic Wrap has been applied to our photo. I'm going to undo those two changes, so that we have our original photos back again. Whatever I do to make changes to my photo, whether I'm using color or artistic effects, or I've simply corrected my photo, I might want, at some point, to go back to the original photo that I had.

That's the choice here, which is to say I want to reset the picture. Any formatting changes I've made, I'd like to wipe out. I can even reset the picture to its original size. You'll recall that we cropped this photo earlier. Yet, I can restore that original photo prior to the cropping. I'm going to undo that last change, so we have the photo as cropped and as sized. Finally, if I have a document that I'm going to e-mail to lots of people, and it has a number of images in it, it's wise for me to compress all of the pictures.

I do that by selecting one image and choose Compress Pictures. The dialog box asks me what I want to do. First, I can say only compress this picture, but often I want to compress every single image in a document. So, I'm going to do compression to my entire document at one time, every single photo. If I choose Delete cropped area of the picture, I will no longer be able to get those cropped areas back, but it does this because there's no point in e-mailing those pixels around if I don't need them. So I'm going to delete the cropped areas of the picture.

I'm going to rely on the resolution of the document itself, how it will be printed, to determine what kind of compression that I want to use. I'm going to say OK. All of my images will be compressed, so they'll be much smaller and my document will be much smaller. With Word 2010's picture enhancement tools, you can take a simple document with photographs or graphics that came from a wide range of sources, you can use them to tightly theme your document and make it visually engaging, so that you create a document that your readers will enjoy reading.

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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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