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 size of a digital image in Microsoft Word.
- While I'm a big fan of sizing images in advance using software, there are times that you're going to want to resize once you put an image into your document. Microsoft Word provides several tools to make this easier. Sizing an image inside of Word is very straightforward. You'll notice the ability to click on the image, and if you double-click, the image will be selected with the Format tab. Now, in this case, one of the first things you're going to see is the ability to actually adjust the size using numbers.
So, for example, if I wanted this picture to be four inches wide and I press Return, it transforms. Now, in this case, the two numbers adjusted together. Let's go ahead and expand this here for advanced options. You'll notice that the aspect ratio as been locked. This means that, by default, if we leave that checked, adjusting one number adjusts the other. So if I type in an absolute height of three inches, you'll notice that the width adjusts as well.
Additionally, you could enter numeric values down here if needed. In this case, one's reading is 69 and the other is 70, but that's likely a rounding error, particularly because we see that the aspect ratio has been locked. When I click OK, the image will adjust to the new size. Let's select this one here. And if you don't want to do this numerically, you do have the ability to grab a corner and pull. You should notice that when dragging from a corner, the image adjusts proportionally.
If you grab from the side and adjust, that locked aspect ratio feature is going to be removed, and now it is possible to distort an image. Sometimes, you may do that on purpose, but you should be extremely cautious about stretching images. This creates a photo that looks very unnatural and should only be used on things like textured backgrounds or simple things. If you feel that you've screwed something up, just go under the Size area, click to open, and you can reset the graphic.
When I click OK, it goes back to the default settings, and it takes it to its original size. Let's go ahead and adjust that one more time. And you'll also notice that if I grab the top, I do have the ability to rotate if needed. Under that advanced options there, you'll see that rotation can be entered numerically as well. Again, if you change your mind, you can reset the individual value or reset the entire image.
When you click OK, it updates.
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- Why does file format matter?
- JPG, PNG, and other raster formats
- Converting file formats with Adobe tools and free utilities
- Resizing images
- Matching visual style
- Adjusting the exposure, color, and size of an image
- Making essential image adjustments in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- Adjusting images with online image editors
- Adjusting images in a PDF file with Acrobat Pro
- Intellectual property rights