There are many different ways that you can use to modify the properties of a digital image. Microsoft Word has great options that can let you do advanced adjustments to your digital images. In this video, author Richard Harrington walks you through how to adjust the color of a digital image in Microsoft Word.
- Once you've locked down exposure, it's not a bad idea to adjust color. Remember as you brighten an image, saturation is going to get decreased. And if you darken a photo, the saturation will go up. Besides too much or too little saturation, you also may have color cast. An image might look warm or cool. You may recall our discussion of color temperature earlier. Word does provide some tools to fix this. I've opened up Document 6-2 from the exercise file folder. And this first image needs a little bit of saturation.
Let's go to the Color controls here, and I'll bring up the picture color options. You see that below Picture Corrections, where we made exposure adjustments is Picture Color. Now, if you decide to make any change to exposure, make sure you do that before you adjust the picture color. Now in this case, the image is looking pretty good, but I'd like a slight increase in saturation. So let's try a value of 125%, and now the color is a bit richer, and more vibrant.
Additionally, this is a desert shot, and it feels just a bit warm. So I will take that and make it a bit cooler. You'll notice here, when you mouse over, you'll find different presets for color temperature, a concept we learned earlier. As you start to roll to the left, the shot will get cooler, emphasizing the blues a bit more. Feel free to use those presets to help you, or dial in the exact temperature that you want. Let's go ahead and take a look at the next image.
In this case, there's definitely a color cast issue, as well as a slight exposure issue. I'll go up to the Picture controls and lift the brightness slightly. Let's try a small increase of about 20. That's a little bit much as you notice that some of the highlights are starting to blow out. This particular photo is pretty tricky, so I'm going to make a small adjustment of only five. And that value seems to help. All right, let's close that, and now down here with Picture Color, let's adjust the saturation a bit.
The image looks a little too saturated, so I'm actually going to lower it to 80%, and you see that it backs it off a bit. Now some of those areas that were super rich are gone. It also looks a little bit reddish to me. So, I'll roll the Temperature to the left to compensate. And what I'm trying to do is remove some of the orangish color cast. I'm looking to see when some of these tannish areas appear more flat and neutral.
By cooling the shot down, I have a more natural white point, and the image looks better to me. However, one thing to keep in mind is that the picture color, especially color tone, and color temperature, is extremely subjective. Things like saturation might vary depending upon your output device, and things like color temperature can really depend upon personal preference. A warmer image and a cooler image can create a different emotional response or a connection to the content. So, be sure to experiment, and if you're collaborating with others, check their opinion.
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- Making essential image adjustments in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
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