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Modifying images with the improved picture enhancement tools

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Video: Modifying images with the improved picture enhancement tools

New picture enhancement tools in Word 2010 let you add effects, like controlling temperature and color saturation, without the need for other photo editing software. Word 2010 also includes a palette of fantastic new artistic effects that you can apply directly from the Ribbon. For all of these effects, we'll begin by simply selecting an image. The Picture Tools Format tab appears. Click the tab. Let's take a look first at Color.

Modifying images with the improved picture enhancement tools

New picture enhancement tools in Word 2010 let you add effects, like controlling temperature and color saturation, without the need for other photo editing software. Word 2010 also includes a palette of fantastic new artistic effects that you can apply directly from the Ribbon. For all of these effects, we'll begin by simply selecting an image. The Picture Tools Format tab appears. Click the tab. Let's take a look first at Color.

This, again, a new feature in Word 2010. So, we have a couple of choices. One is Color Saturation, which is really how intense the color is, from a simple black and white, all the way up to 400% saturation. You can always tell what the current settings for your photo is, because there is a frame that appears. So, there is 100% saturation, but we could overcolor this and make it look like the sun is setting and shining directly on this tree. Let's take a look at Color Tone. Color Tone, also known as warmifying a photo, means that you're simply turning up the reds in the photo, making it look warmer, or turning them down, making it look cooler.

So, you can choose any of these. If you wanted, again, a very bright photo, you can choose more saturation or more tone for a warmer photo. Recolor is relatively straightforward. Recolor, we start with our original image, and then you can apply a color that washes over much of what you would think of as the background. So, all of these colors, here is blue, red, olive green, purple, and all of these colors are the Color palette from your currently selected theme for this document.

So, if you don't like this set of colors, you probably want to choose a different theme before you choose to recolor your photographs. So, if we were to choose an olive green, here is a Washout almost like a watermark. Then we have an olive green dark, and an olive green light. Notice that all of these look like they go fairly well with our background. So, we'll choose the olive freen dark for this particular photo. Now, let's return to our photo of the olive branch, and take a look at some artistic effects.

The artistic effects are the kind of the effects that are used to create posters, or to create other large images, as well as smaller images in documents. You don't want to use them in isolation. You'll often find a document where every single photograph has been rendered or re-rendered using the same artistic effect, to give it a stylized look that's very specific. Let's take a look at some of the different Artistic Effect options. For example, there is an artistic effect that's called Marker, which is as if this had been redrawn using a marker.

As I point to the effect, it'll actually change our photo. This is Pencil Grayscale. Someone has redrawn this olive branch using a pencil. Here is a Pencil Sketch, as if someone sketched this, Mosaic Bubbles, as if it were viewed through glass, a bad photocopier, or a Light Screen. So, we can choose any of these effects to apply to this particular image. I'm actually going to choose Pencil Sketch.

Then we can always go back, and we can colorize this, so that it will match more closely with the colors that we've chosen elsewhere here in our document. Two new types of picture enhancement tools that are available to you here in Word 2010: the Color tools and the Artistic Effects. With Word 2010's picture enhancement tools, you can turn simple documents into tightly-themed, artistically- engaging documents that readers will enjoy browsing and reading.

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