Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Pictures can be manipulated by using the tools found in the Adjust group on the Picture Tools
Format tab. Only a few tools are available, but the good news is that each tool’s button shows a
menu full of options previewing how the image will be affected. To make the change, simply choose
an option from the appropriate button’s menu. Here are some suggestions:
Brightness and contrast settings are made from the Corrections button menu.
To wash out a picture you placed behind your text, choose the Washout color from the Recolor
area of the Color button’s menu.
To convert a color image to monochrome (“black and white”), choose the first item, Saturation
0%, from the Color Saturation list on the Color button’s menu.
A slew of interesting, artistic brush strokes and other effects are found on the aptly named
Artistic Effects button menu.
When things grow complicated with your document’s graphics, you enter the realm of image
organization. Multiple images often require positioning, aligning, arranging, and grouping into a unit. It’s
not a complex thing, but rather a timesaver that you can employ. This section covers the details.
All commands referenced in this section are found on the Format toolbar, in the
Arrange group. Obviously, the graphical image(s) must be selected for that toolbar to appear.
To select multiple images, press and hold the Shift key as you click each image.
Lining up your graphics
One way to help organize and lay out multiple images on a page is to show the grid:
Choose the View Gridlines command from the Align button’s menu. Instantly, the page turns into
graph paper, to assist you in positioning your graphics and text, similar to what you see in Figure
When you find the grid annoying, you can disable gridlines: Choose the View Gridlines command
from the Align button’s menu again. But you can also employ the Alignment Guides feature. It’s
also found on the Align button’s menu.
With the Alignment Guides option on, a lime green line appears as you drag an image close to the
page margins, or when the image is aligned with the top or bottom edge of another graphic on the
page. Use that green line to more precisely position the image.