In this video, author Megan Hoffman demonstrates inserting and formatting images. Learn to insert images from the content placeholder. Click Insert, Picture from the Ribbon. Resize images by dragging. Resize image height from the Ribbon. Resize image width from the Ribbon. Crop images. Crop image aspect ratio. Crop to shape. Use Crop Fill and Crop Fit commands. Apply effects including image corrections, image color, artistic effects, compress pictures, compress all pictures, and reset pictures. Master these MOS objectives as a part of your prep for the MOS PowerPoint 2013 exam.
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- [Voiceover] In this video, you'll learn to insert and format images. You'll learn to insert and resize images, crop images, apply effects, and apply styles. Working with images is important when making great slides. You'll definitely want to be comfortable adjusting all of the image options for the MOS exam. The first MOS objective in this section is to insert and resize images. Let's start with inserting images. PowerPoint provides multiple options for inserting images. I can do this from a content placeholder, or I can do this from the ribbon.
A common task might be to add the London Guard and London Phone Booth images to slide four. I'll go ahead and select slide four. Because I don't have content placeholders here, I'll start from the ribbon. I'll go ahead and click the Insert button and then choose pictures. I can insert these images individually, but since they're both in the same folder, it's easy to select both at the same time. I'll click on the Guard image, hold down Control, and then click on the Phone Booth image. From here, I can click Insert at the bottom.
You'll see both images are inserted, but they're overlapping each other. I'll start by resizing the Phone Booth image. I'll click on it to select it. And then, notice the handles around the outside of the image. I'll place my mouse in the upper left hand corner over the handle. Once the two-headed arrow applies, I can begin to resize this image. I'll go ahead and drag diagonally. Remember that helps me from skewing the image. So, I'll drag this smaller. And then, use the four-headed arrow somewhere in the middle of the image to drag it off to the right.
I see the London Guard Image now, and I can click on it so that it's selected and use the four-headed arrow to drag it over to the left. I can use these same dragging techniques to resize the images appropriately on the slide. If you're asked to make an image a specific size, I'd like to point out that when I'm clicked on a picture, I can see the height and width on the Format tab of the ribbon. It's easy to click the arrows to adjust these to a specific size. My second objective for the MOS exam is to crop images.
For this, I'll select slide five and take a look at the Oxford Street image on the right. Cropping allows me to remove parts of the picture around the edges. I'll select the Oxford Street image. Notice the Format tab appears on the ribbon, and there's a crop button off to the right. I'll click on Crop, and notice that black handles display around the outside of the image. Let's say that I want to take off some of the right side of that image. I can place my mouse over the cropping handles and then drag inward a bit.
You'll notice that the portion that I'm attempting to crop out is gray. And if I'm happy with this, I can click the Crop button on the ribbon again to confirm this selection. Should I change my mind, there's a Reset Picture button towards the left of the ribbon. I'll go ahead and click on Reset Picture, and you'll see that the image returns to its original state. A common task on the MOS exam might be to crop the Bus image to a 5:4 Aspect Ratio. I'll click the Bus image. I'll click the Crop drop-down arrow.
And notice some of the additional options. I'll select Aspect Ratio and choose 5:4. You'll see that the cropping has been applied to the picture but not finalized. This is great because I get to preview it before confirming this selection. If I'm happy with the selection, I'll go ahead and confirm by clicking the Crop button again. You can now see that that is applied to my picture. There are another couple of cropping options that I like to point out. I can manually shorten the Bus image. I'll just point to the middle handle at the bottom and drag up.
Now, you can see that I've skewed the image, but I'm going to use the cropping options to help out here. I'll click the Crop drop-down, and this time I'll choose Fill. And you'll notice what it does is fills the picture to that specific shape that I chose. The other option I have here is to click Crop and choose Fit, where it fits the entire image within that size. So, I have several options here that I can work with with cropping. To reset the picture, I'll click on it. I'll click the down arrow next to reset and choose Reset Picture in Size.
This sets the picture back to the original. I've got one more cropping option to look at here. I have the option to Crop to a Shape. So, again, I'll select the Bus image, click the Crop drop-down, and choose Crop to Shape. You have a whole host of shapes you can choose. Let's say I'm asked to crop to a diamond shape. I'll go ahead and select the diamond and then click to apply that. Again, in this example, I'll go ahead and reset the picture. I'll click the reset drop-down and choose Reset Picture. The third MOS objective in this section is applying effects to pictures.
I'll go ahead and choose slide four and choose the London Guard image and try some of these options. Again, with the picture selected, I see the Format tab on the ribbon above. I'll go ahead and click on this, and we'll really look at the left side of the ribbon in the Adjust area for these options. The first button here is Corrections. I'm able to come in and sharpen and soften by choosing one of those options. And you do see a live preview as you apply these. You've also got brightness and contrast options below. In an exam setting, you would be asked to apply something very specific.
So, again, it's about hovering over these and finding the correct option. Once you find the desired option, click to apply it. Another option here is color. I'll click that drop-down. And there are several options for recoloring a picture. You can see as you hover over these that the image takes on a variety of colors. Artistic Effects is another option here that you can choose. And again, you can mouse over to see a live preview. In an exam setting, you might be asked to apply something like Glow Diffused.
I'll click on that to apply it to the picture. There's also an option to Compress Pictures on the ribbon. When you click on that an option box pops up. Looking at the compressed picture dialog box, the first checkbox allows me to apply it only to the selected picture. If I uncheck that, it will apply to all the pictures throughout the presentation. Keep in mind, compressing often degrades the quality of pictures. So, you really want to be careful with this. You can also delete cropped areas of pictures. And this is something you're likely to see on the exam.
Down below, there are various target outputs that you might be asked to select. This is another area just to be aware of within the picture settings. I'll go ahead and cancel this box. Now that we've made all these pictures to the London Guard, I'll go ahead and reset it one last time. I'm selecting the picture, hitting the down arrow next to Reset Picture, and choosing Reset Picture in Size. My last MOS objective in this section is to apply styles. I'll go ahead and select the London Guard picture and look at the picture styles above. I can mouse over these to see the effects and, again, click the gallery drop-down to choose something specific.
So, in an exam setting, I might be asked to apply something like rounded diagonal corner white. I can simply click on that option to apply it to my picture. That's an overview of inserting and formatting images. You can see there are lots of options within this section to play with. I encourage you to be curious and experiment with these options to be successful on the MOS exam.
The course first explores the MOS certification program and highlights its cost, format, and objectives. Megan then steps viewers through all the MOS exam objectives, explaining how to create and manage presentations, work with slides and shapes, create slide content, apply transitions and other effects, manage multiple presentations, and more.
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Challenge exercises are included along the way, and the course concludes with a full-length practice exam.
- Preparing for the exam
- Reviewing exam objectives
- Creating blank presentations
- Formatting presentations with themes and slide masters
- Configuring slide shows
- Inserting slides and shapes
- Inserting text, tables, charts, SmartArt, images, and media
- Applying transitions
- Animating slide content
- Merging presentations
- Protecting and sharing presentations
- Taking a full-length practice exam