Working with Pictures

In Microsoft Publisher 2010 images are great for adding visual interest to publications. Learn how to add and edit them here.

Modifying pictures

Brightness and contrast

One of the most basic edits you can make to a picture is modifying its brightness and contrast. Although these tools are separated into two commands in Publisher, they are most effective when used together.

To adjust brightness and contrast:

  1. Select the picture you wish to adjust, then select the Picture Tools Format tab and locate the Adjust group.
  2. Click the Brightness drop-down command.
    The Brightness commandThe Brightness drop-down command
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select the desired brightness. Positive numbers (+) will make the picture brighter, while negative numbers (-) will make the picture darker.
    Increasing the picture brightnessMaking the picture brighter
  4. Click the Contrast drop-down command.
    The Contrast drop-down commandThe Contrast drop-down command
  5. Select the desired contrast level. Positive numbers (+) will create a greater contrast between the light and dark areas of the picture, while negative numbers (-) will reduce the contrast.
    Increasing the picture contrastIncreasing the picture contrast

To recolor the picture:

  1. Select the picture you wish to recolor, then select the Picture Tools Format tab and locate the Adjust group.
  2. Click the Recolor drop-down command.
    The Recolor commandThe Recolor command
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select a recoloring option or select More Variations to see additional color choices.
    Recoloring optionsRecoloring options
  4. The picture will be recolored.

To apply a picture style:

  1. Select the picture, then click the Picture Tools Format tab and locate the Picture Styles group.
  2. Click the More Picture Styles drop-down arrow.
    The More Picture Styles drop-down arrowThe More Picture Styles drop-down arrow
  3. A drop-down list of styles will appear. Move your cursor over the styles to see a live preview of each style in your publication, then select the desired style.
    Selecting a picture styleSelecting a picture style
  4. The style will be applied to the picture.
    The picture, with the style appliedThe picture, with the style applied

To add a caption:

  1. Select the picture, then click the Picture Tools Format tab and locate the Picture Styles group.
  2. Click the Caption drop-down command.
    The Caption drop-down commandThe Caption drop-down command
  3. A drop-down list of caption styles will appear. Move your cursor over the caption styles to see a live preview of the captions with your picture, then select the desired caption style.
    Selecting a caption styleSelecting a caption style
  4. Click the caption text box and type your caption text.
    The captionThe caption

To restore a picture to its original appearance:

  1. Select the picture, then click the Picture Tools Format tab and locate the Adjust group.
  2. Click the Reset Picture command.
    The Reset Picture commandThe Reset Picture command
  3. The picture will be restored to its original appearance.
    The picture, reset to its original appearanceThe picture, reset to its original appearance