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PowerPoint 2013: Formatting Pictures

Once you’ve added pictures to your presentation,
you’ll want to make them look as good as possible. And that could mean adjusting the color, or
the brightness and contrast, or even just adding a border. To begin, click on the picture, and then go
to the Format tab… I want to start by cropping this picture. Click on the Crop command…
and you’ll see these black handles appear. You’ll need to make sure that the mouse is
right over the black handle so that you don’t accidentally grab a resizing handle. Then
just click and drag… And I’m just going to crop it a little bit… When you’re finished,
click the Crop command again… Just below that is a drop-down arrow… and
if you go to Crop to Shape, you can choose what shape you want your picture to be. I’d
like this picture to have rounded corners, so I’ll go with the rounded rectangle… For some of your pictures, you may want to
add a border. I want to create a gold border so it will
match the heading… I can’t really see the border right now, so I’m going to change the
weight to 3 points… Most images aren’t perfect, and that’s where
the Corrections menu comes in. This is found in the Adjust group… From here, you can
sharpen and soften the image, or you can adjust the brightness and contrast. For this one,
I’m just going to make it a little bit sharper to help bring out the detail… If you want to adjust the color, you can just
go to the Color command. And here you can adjust the saturation, the color tone, or
you can even recolor the image. I’m going to adjust the color tone to make the picture
look a little bit warmer… I think this picture looks pretty good now,
so I’m going to go through and see if any of the other pictures that need adjustments… This picture already looks really good, but
there are a couple of things we can do to spice it up a little bit; specifically, Artistic
Effects and Picture Styles. From the Format tab, go to Artistic Effects…
and just hover over the different options until you find one that you like… Depending
what your picture looks like, some of them may look better than others… This one sort
of looks like a painting, which I think works well with this picture. I’m also going to choose a Picture Style…
These can add various types of frames, and other types of effects to your pictures. I
think the rotated, white frame looks good. I’m just going to move this picture a little
so it’s not blocking the text. With all of the pictures in this presentation,
the file size is probably pretty large, and that might be a problem if I want to email
it to somebody. To fix that, I’m going to compress the pictures. In the Adjust group,
click the Compress Pictures command… Here you have the option of deleting the cropped
areas of pictures and also changing the target output. E-mail will give them the lowest resolution,
which means the file size will be as small as possible. And I want to apply these changes to all of
the pictures in the presentation, so I’ll uncheck Apply Only To This Picture… and
then click ok. You may have noticed that the picture adjusted
a little bit, and that’s because compression lowers the quality of the picture. So there
is a tradeoff, and you will have to decide whether you want higher quality images or
a smaller file size.

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