Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting Pictures and Adding Effects
Note: To help you locate screen
elements that are referenced
in the step instructions, such as
buttons and commands, this topic
uses red boxes to point to these
screen elements.
picture inserted
and sized to cover
entire slide
Figure 3–2
Use the color wheel to determine color choices.
The color wheel is one of designers’ basic tools. Twelve colors on the wheel are arranged in
a specii c order, with the three primary colors — red, yellow, and blue — forming a triangle.
Between the primary colors are the secondary colors that are formed when the primary
colors are mixed. For example, red and yellow mixed together form orange; red and blue
form purple; and yellow and blue form green. The six other colors on the wheel are formed
when the primary colors are mixed with the secondary colors.
Red, orange, and yellow are considered warm colors, and they display adjacent to each
other on one side of the wheel. They are bold and lively, so you should use them when
your message is intended to invigorate an audience and create a pleasing effect. Opposite
the warm colors are the cool colors: green, blue, and purple. They generate a relaxing,
calming atmosphere.
If you put a primary and secondary color together, such as red and purple, your slide will
make a very bold and vivid statement. Be certain that effect is one you intend when planning
your message.
Adjusting Picture Colors
PowerPoint allows you to adjust colors to match or add contrast to slide elements
by coloring pictures. The Color Picture gallery has a wide variety of preset formatting
combinations. The thumbnails in the gallery display the more common color saturation,
color tone, and recolor adjustments. Color saturation changes the intensity of colors.
High saturation produces vivid colors; low saturation produces gray tones. Color tone
affects the coolness, called blue, or the warmness, called orange, of pictures. When a
digital camera does not measure the tone correctly, a color cast occurs, and, as a result,
one color dominates the picture. Recolor effects convert the picture into a wide variety
of hues. The more common are grayscale , which changes the color picture into black,
white, and shades of gray, and sepia , which changes the picture colors into brown, gold,
and yellow, reminiscent of a faded photo. You also can i ne-tune the color adjustments by
clicking Picture Color Options and More Variations commands in the Color gallery.
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Q&As found in many of
the step-by-step sequences
in this topic, visit the
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