Editing Pictures

Editing pictures in Word documents can illustrate important information. Learn all about editing Word pictures in this free lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Edit pictures

Moving clips

You can reposition a clip until it is in the appropriate location.

By default, when a picture is imported into Word, it is aligned to the left margin. However, you can change the alignment so the graphic is right-aligned or centered. You can also drag the image anywhere on the page.

To move a clip:

  • Select the clip.
  • Use your mouse to drag a selected clip to any position on the page.
  • The I-beam turns into a white pointer with a little box under it as you move the picture.

    OR

  • Use the Alignment buttons on the Formatting toolbar.

Move clip art.

Sizing handles

You can use sizing handles to change a picture's size.

When the mouse pointer is placed on one of the sizing handles, the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. You may then change the size or shape of the image by dragging the sizing handle.

When any of the four corner handles are dragged, the size of the entire image becomes smaller or larger, and the picture retains its proportions.

Resized clip art.

When any of the middle handles are dragged, only the height and width changes, thus changing the proportion—or scale—of the picture.

Distorted clip art.

Check this outBe careful. Using the sizing handle can make your pictures blurry and distorted.

WordArt drawing objects

You can resize a clip until it is the appropriate size for your document.

To resize a clip:

  • Select the clip.
  • Drag the clip's sizing handle (small squares) to resize it.
  • Hover the mouse pointer over one of the sizing handles. The pointer changes to a double-headed arrow.

Clip art with sizing handles and double arrow cursor.

Important pointWhen a graphic is imported, Word determines its size. However, after a graphic is imported, you can make it smaller, larger, or stretch it any way you want. You can even delete it.

To delete a picture:

  • Select the image.
  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Changing the appearance of your pictures

We already noted that using the sizing handle can distort your clip's appearance. You can try to adjust to picture using the Picture toolbar.

To use the Picture toolbar:

  • Right-click the picture.
  • Choose Show Picture Toolbar from the shortcut menu.

Check this outCrop, Recolor Object, and Set Transparent Color buttons are used with areas of the picture. All other buttons affect the entire picture.

Name of button:

Use it to:

Insert picture from file. Insert Picture from FileInsert another picture
Image control. Image ControlAutomatic, grayscale, black and white, or watermark
More contrast. More ContrastIncrease color intensity
Less contrast. Less ContrastDecrease color intensity
More brightness. More BrightnessAdd white to lighten all colors
Less brightness. Less BrightnessAdd black to darken all colors
Crop. CropCut the sides of an image
Line style. Line StyleCustomize the border of an image
Recolor object. Recolor Object(Available in PowerPoint)
Text wrap. Text WrapSet how text wraps around the image
Set transparant color. Set Transparant ColorUse eyedropper to make areas of the picture transparent (mainly for web graphics)
Reset picture. Reset PictureReturn picture to original format

Challenge!

  • Open or maximize Word.
  • Open a new document.
  • Open the Insert menu, select Picture, and select Clip art.
  • Explore the various categories.
  • When you find an image you want to insert into your Word document, select it and click the Insert clip button.
  • Word will place the image in your document where you placed your insertion point.
  • To reposition the image, practice clicking and dragging, centering, and right-alignment.
  • Minimize Word.