Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Adjusting Colors and Applying Artistic Effects
If you find rectangular cropping to be too dull, you might enjoy experimenting with the
Crop To Shape command on the Crop menu. With it, you can get some truly strange (and
sometimes wonderful) effects by using predeined shapes as crop outlines. (Figure 6-10
shows an example of the former.) Most shapes can be modified in various ways after you
apply them. For more information about working with shapes, see “Adding Shapes and Text
Boxes” on page 175.
Figure 6-10 Drag the shape handles (in this example, the diamonds along the left and bottom
edges) to adjust the shape.
Adjusting Colors and Applying Artistic Effects
Features in Office for correcting picture colors and applying special effects range from the
essential to the bizarre. Yet they’re generally easy to understand, and, best of all, with Live
Preview you’re able to see how a particular setting looks with your picture. You don’t need
to rely on a thumbnail of a sample picture or try to guess how numeric settings translate to
visual images.
The tools for adjusting color are on the Format tab (under Picture Tools) in the Adjust
group. Select a picture, click the Format tab, and then click Corrections to see a gallery of
options for adjusting the picture’s sharpness, brightness, and contrast. As shown in
Figure 6-11, clicking Color displays a gallery for adjusting saturation and tone, as well as for
applying a color tint to the picture. To see how a setting will look, simply hover the mouse
pointer over it, and the setting is temporarily applied. When you find the one you like,
click it.
The third gallery in the Adjust group, Artistic Effects, works in an identical fashion. The
effects include an assortment of filters and simulated techniques, such as pencil sketch,
paint brush, looking through frosted glass, and so on. Most defy description, so the best
way to learn about them is to open the gallery and point.
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