Formatting Pictures

Formatting pictures in Word can enhance their appearance. Use and format pictures to better suit your Word documents.

Making image adjustments

With Word's image adjustment tools, you can easily fine tune properties like color, contrast, saturation, and tone. Word also offers built-in picture styles, which can be used to add a frame, drop shadow, and other predefined effects.

When you're ready to adjust an image, simply select it. Then use the options below, which can be found on the Format tab.

adjustment options


From here, you can sharpen or soften the image to adjust how clear or blurry it appears. You can also adjust brightness and contrast, which affect the image's lightness and general intensity.

corrections menu


Using this command, you can adjust the image's saturation (how vibrant the colors appear), tone (the color temperature of the image, from cool to warm), and coloring (the overall tint of the image).

color menu

Artistic Effects

Here, you can apply special effects to your image, such as pastel, watercolor, or glowing edges. Because the results are so bold, you may want to use these effects sparingly (especially in professional documents).

artistic effects menu

Picture Styles group

This group contains many different predefined styles that make image formatting even easier. Picture styles are designed to frame your image without changing its basic settings or effects.

picture styles menu