In this video, learn how to adjust photographic images for brightness, contrast, color, and cropping, and manipulate images for alignment, text wrapping, borders, fills, and more.
- [Narrator] When you add graphical images to your Word document, those images can be adjusted and manipulated. We already touched on how we can change the way text wraps around an image and how we can reposition and resize it but there's a lot more we can do and we're going to cover some of those things in this movie as we continue with our TechConnect file 0703 if you're catching up. We left off here in the table having added some images in two empty cells. They're not perfectly lined up so let's see what it's like to get these images keeping their same sizes lined up properly.
We'll go to the first one and as soon as we click on the image itself inside the table, a number of context sensitive ribbons appear. For example, picture tools has a format tab. Table tools has a design and layout tab that aren't there when we're not working in a table on a picture. So with Layout selected, we can go over here to Alignment and you can see top left is the current alignment but we can center it horizontally, we can center it vertically as well, both at the same time.
Click Align Center and you can see it kind of shifts into position nicely. Let's try it again with the other two. Click the image, click Align Center, looks better. And same thing with this image. We'll align it center, hardly moves at all. That was pretty good. So just click in the background. That's one simple thing we can do when our image is in a table. Let's go up to page one now, scroll all the way up. We have this fairly large photographic type image.
Let's select it. Now with it selected, we no longer see the Table Tools but Picture Tools is there with a Format tab. Go ahead and click there. Look at all the things we can do. There are a number of picture styles you can choose from. Just hover over these and you can see what it's going to look like, like soft edges. There's like a reflection and rounded corners. Look at the frame around this one. So lots of different things we can do with Picture Styles. Click the drop down to see there's quite a few to choose from. But you can manipulate all of these options on your own manually, including over here in the Adjust section.
Notice that we can correct things like brightness, color, add artistic effects and so on. You can see some other icons for compressing pictures et cetera. Changing the picture with something else if you wanted to. Even resetting it if you'd made too many changes and you want to start over. Let's go to Corrections though. From here, you can see that we can sharpen or soften the image and adjust the brightness and contrast all at once and just hover over these and you'll actually be able to see the result that you might be going for.
And if you like what you see in the preview, all you do is click to change the, in this case, brightness and contrast of our image. We can also create our own borders, picture effects, and picture layout. Click that dropdown. You can see this is really for working with things like smart art graphics and so on and how things get laid out. Picture Effects, however, show us some of those things that we saw in the picture styles. Here's where we go to Add Shadows, Reflections, et cetera.
You might want to experiment with some of these. Let's go back over here to Artistic Effects and you can see some cool effects here. Just hover over some of them and you'll see a preview in the background right there in your document of what it would look like to make that selection. It's kind of a pencil gray scale. Go down to this pixelated one here. Sometimes it can take a moment for the preview to appear. Just give it a moment. There, that's kind of a pixel effect called Light Screen.
I think we're okay with the original image without any effects so we'll click None and leave it as is. So those are just some of the options you can adjust and change when working with images in your Word document. Click in the background to deselect and we'll continue from here.
- Opening, closing, and reading documents
- Finding and replacing text
- Changing font formatting and text case
- Formatting text with styles
- Working with paragraph text
- Creating bulleted and numbered lists
- Illustrating your documents with shapes and images
- Setting proofing and autocorrect options
- Sharing and collaborating with others