Skill Level Intermediate
- [Narrator] In this week's Word tip, we're going to explore some tools built right into Microsoft Word to help you with correcting images you might be using in your documents. In other words, you don't need to take those images out of Word and into image editing software to make the corrections, you can do them right within your document. And that's what we're going to do with this document, Best of Landon Hotel Guide 068, if you have the Exercise Files. If you don't, no problem, just work with one of your own files that might contain an image like we see here on page two.
It's a photographic image of phone booths and it looks a little washed out, a little too bright. Maybe the contrast needs adjusting, perhaps the sharpness could be adjusted as well. These are all things we can tackle right from within our document. We start by selecting the image with a single click. Now with it selected, we see the handles around the outside and a new ribbon tab has appeared under Picture Tools, Format, let's give it a click. Now we're gonna focus, not on changing the style or borders or effects of our picture, but correcting the image.
So we're gonna go over here to the adjust section of the ribbon. From here, you'll see we have corrections for brightness, contrast, and sharpness. We also have color corrections here as well. But when we click the dropdown for corrections, we see a number of presets. Some under sharpen and soften, and as you hover over these, you're going to see a real time preview of the image on your page. And you can see with that first preset selected, it's a little too soft, as we move to the right, we're softening by 25.
Maybe still too soft. Right there in the middle is 0% and that's where we started with. If we want it sharper, we can move to the right, you can see 25%. These are good starts. So let's select sharpen by 25%. It's now applied to the image. We can also go back to the corrections dropdown and choose presets for brightness and contrast. And these will adjust both brightness and contrast and you can see, as we hover over these, some different options. But if you want to have full control, we'll go a little further down this menu to picture corrections options and click there.
That opens up the format picture pane over here on the right hand side of your screen. And you'll notice that picture is selected. Alrighty, we see the sharpness has been adjusted to 25%. That's from the preset we selected which is also available now from this pane. We can click the dropdown to see those presets. Let's bump this up even further, I'm gonna go up to 27%. We can click the little arrows or drag the sliders to get there. I'm just gonna bump it up twice to 27. Next, we'll go down to the brightness and contrast section where, again, we can select from those presets we saw or adjust on our own manually.
For example, the brightness, I might wanna take some away. So I'm gonna click this slider and drag it to the left and I'm gonna go to around, I'm just gonna go to 25-ish. Here's 24, I'm gonna bump it down one more to 25, and now I'm noticing with the sharpness, that might not be good. The sharpness now can be adjusted. I'm going to drag this slider a little bit to the left to soften it ever so slightly and if you want, you can use the arrows as well. I'm gonna bump this down to 19% and see what that looks like, so far so good.
Now the contrast can be adjusted, and I think we'll add some contrast here. We can, again, use the arrows, you can use the slider or if you want, just click inside where you see 0%, select it and type right over it. If you have a good idea, like maybe 15%, just type in 15 and hit your tab key, that takes you out of the field and applies that figure to your image, and you can see what that looks like so far. That's a much improved image from what we started with. And you can see the values here.
And again, you can manipulate these until you have exactly what you want. There's also picture color here. Let's collapse the picture corrections. Each of these has its own triangle here on the left hand side, these little arrows expand and collapse. So to focus on picture color now, all we have to do is collapse picture corrections and expand the picture color section. Look at all these different options that we can work with like saturation. If we wanna remove some of the color, we can move this slider to the left.
Of course, if we went all the way to the left to zero, we would turn this into a black and white photo and you can see the effect, not bad. Not what we want though for this particular image. So we just wanna remove a little bit of the color so we'll drag the slider and I'm thinking, let's go to around 95. Now you can drag the slider, if it's difficult, go to the arrows here to get the exact figure you want. 95 looks good. The temperature can also be adjusted. There are presets for this as well, if you wanted to make it warmer, drag to the right, cooler, drag to the left.
Drag into the left, we're gonna start to see blue's show up here to make it cooler in temperature, drag it to the right to warm it up. Well, I think in London, we want things warmed up a little bit so I'm gonna drag it to the right to about 72.28, that looks pretty good. Not perfect, perhaps, but much improved over what I had. You may wanna continue managing these values until I get exactly what I want. Let's collapse this now. The other option is to crop if you want to crop to a specific width and height, you could do that.
To a position, or you can always go up here to the ribbon to crop. Again, the values or this is kinda cool, click the dropdown, you can crop your images to any one of the shapes you can use here in Microsoft Word. Just hover over crop to shape and you'll see all the different shapes. What will happen is your image will be fit into the shape you select from this menu. If you wanted it inside a heart, you could do that, et cetera. I think we're okay though with the image so we'll click in the background. Let's close up the format picture pane clicking the close button up here on the right.
And then just click anywhere in the background of your document to see the end result. So you can get certain effects by making adjustments to the corrections that are available to you, built right into Microsoft Word for brightness, contrast, sharpness, even cropping if you wanted to, and color. All available without leaving Microsoft Word for image editing software. Some powerful tools at your disposal.
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