Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Understanding Graphic Object Modification Techniques
Office Graphics Tools
Remove the Background of an Image
You can remove the background of a picture, screenshot, or clip art image.
For example, suppose that you inserted a screenshot of an Excel chart in a
Word document; the screenshot would, by default, include the Excel
Ribbon. You can use the Remove Background tool in the Adjust group on
the Picture Tools Format tab to remove the Excel Ribbon and focus the
reader’s attention on the chart.
Add an Effect
You can use tools to assign unique and interesting special effects to objects. For example,
you can apply a shadow effect, create a mirrored reflection, apply a glow effect, soften
the object’s edges, make a bevel effect, or generate a 3D rotation effect. You can find
these tools on the Format tab of the Ribbon, which appears when you click to select the
object to which you want to apply the effect. (Note that the Picture Effects tool is not
available in Publisher.)
Apply a Style to a Graphic
You can apply a predefined style to a shape, text box, WordArt graphic, picture, or clip art
image. Styles contain predefined colors and effects and help you quickly add interest to a
graphic. Applying a style removes other effects you may have applied, such as shadow or
bevel effects. Sample styles appear on the Picture Tools Format or Drawing Tools Format tab
when you click
in the Picture Styles or Shape Styles group.
Add a Picture Border or Drawing Outline
You can add a border to a picture, shape, text box, WordArt graphic, clip art image, or
screenshot. Using the Picture Border or Shape Outline tool, which appears on the Picture
Tools Format or Drawing Tools Format tab, you can control the thickness of the border,
set a style for the border — a solid or dashed line — and change the color of the border.
Apply Artistic Effects
You can apply artistic effects to pictures, screenshots, and clip art in order to liven them
up. For example, you can make an image appear as though it was rendered in marker, pencil,
chalk, or paint. Other artistic effects might remind you of mosaics, film grain, or glass. You
find the Artistic Effects button on the Picture Tools Format tab, which appears when you
click to select the object to which you want to apply the effect.