Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
A new set of features in Office 2010 that you might overlook is image enhancement. These tools
allow you to modify and enhance images that you insert on a worksheet. This doesn’t mean you
can uninstall your favorite image editing software, but you might be surprised at the type of
enhancements you can perform without even leaving Excel.
To embed an image on a worksheet, choose Insert
Picture and then locate the file
that contains the image. Or, you can copy an image to the Windows Clipboard and press Ctrl+V
to paste it on a worksheet.
When you select an embedded image, use the tools in the Picture Tools
to work it. The tools include the following:
h Remove Background: Makes it very easy to remove extraneous background from a
h Corrections: Sharpen or soften the image or adjust the brightness and contrast.
h Color: Adjust the color saturation and color tone or convert the image to use just a few
h Artistic Effects: Apply some Photoshop-like filters to the image.
In most cases, you get a live preview of the effect when you move your mouse pointer over the
icon. Just click to apply it. For more control over the enhancements, right-click the image and
choose Format Picture. Then use the Picture Corrections, Picture Color, and Artistic Effects tabs
to adjust the parameters.
Figure 157-1 shows a photo before and after I removed the background. The parts of the image
that are removed become transparent. This feature works surprisingly well.
Figure 157-1: The result of using the Remove Background command.
Figure 157-2 shows a photo before and after I applied the Pencil Grayscale effect.