Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adding Great-Looking Graphics
✓ Corrections to open a drop-down menu with a palette of presets you
can choose for sharpening or softening the image and/or increasing or
decreasing its brightness. Or select the Picture Corrections Options
item to open the Format Picture dialog box with the Picture Corrections
tab selected. There you can sharpen or soften the image or modify
its brightness or contrast by selecting a new preset thumbnail on the
appropriate Presets palette or by entering a new positive percentage (to
increase) or negative percentage (to decrease) where 0% is normal in
the appropriate combo box or dragging its slider.
✓ Color to open a drop-down menu with a palette of Color Saturation, Color
Tone, or Recolor presets you can apply to the image, set a transparent
color (usually the background color you want to remove from the image),
or select the Picture Color Options item to open the Picture Color tab of
the Format Picture dialog box. There you can adjust the image’s colors
using Color Saturation, Color Tone, or Recolor presets or by setting a new
saturation level or color tone temperature by entering a new percentage
in the appropriate combo box or selecting it with a slider.
✓ Artistic Effects to open a drop-down menu with special effect presets
you can apply to the image or select the Artistic Effects Options item to
open the Artistic Effects options in the Format Picture task pane where
you can apply a special effect by selecting its preset thumbnail from
the palette that appears when you click the Artistic Effect drop-down
✓ Compress Pictures to open the Compress Pictures dialog box to
compress all images in the worksheet or just the selected graphic image to
make them more compact and thus make the Excel workbook somewhat
smaller when you save the images as part of its file.
✓ Change Picture to open the Insert Pictures dialog box where you can
find and select a new image to replace the current picture.
✓ Reset Picture button to select the Reset Picture option to remove all
formatting changes made and return the picture to the state it was in when
you originally inserted it into the worksheet or the Reset Picture & Size
to reset all its formatting as well as restore the image to its original size
in the worksheet.
You can also format a selected clip art image or imported picture by
opening the Format Shape task pane (Ctrl+1) and then selecting the appropriate
options attached to the Fill & Line, Effects, Size & Properties, and Picture
buttons, which cover almost all aspects of formatting any image you use.
In addition to the command buttons in the Adjust group, you can use the
command buttons in the Picture Styles group. Click a thumbnail on the
Picture Styles drop-down gallery to select a new orientation and style for the
selected picture. You can also modify any of the following: