After a picture is inserted on your PowerPoint
slide, you might want to make adjustments to the picture itself so that it looks distinctive and focused. You can change a picture's look by
resizing, cropping, changing color values, adjusting saturation, or by applying artistic effects. In this tutorial, we'll explore the options
available within PowerPoint 2013 to make these picture adjustments. Later, in subsequent
tutorials of this series, you will learn more about the individual options we discuss in this tutorial.
When a picture is selected, the Picture Tools Format tab appears on the
Ribbon as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in
Figure 1: Picture Tools Format tab activated
You can not only make adjustments to pictures inserted on slides, but also to pictures used as
fills for shapes
. If a shape that has a picture fill is
selected, the Ribbon
area will show two contextual tabs: the Drawing Tools Format
tab and the Picture
tab, as you can see in Figure 2
. Make sure that you select the Picture Tools Format
(highlighted in red
within Figure 2
) which includes picture format options, and not the
Drawing Tools Format
tab which includes options to alter the container shape.
Two contextual tabs appear when a shape with a picture fill is selected
Within the Picture Tools Format tab, you can see the Adjust group (highlighted in
blue within both Figures 1 and 2, above) which includes various options to make
adjustments to the picture. Let's explore these options individually from left to right as shown in the Ribbon tab:
- Remove Background: This feature figures out the boundaries of an object within the picture automatically, and allows you to
keep some portion of the picture, and remove the rest. If you want to retain only some selected part of the picture, this is the best option to
use. Note that this option doesn't work with
texture fills and
picture fills that are tiled. To learn how this
option works, refer to our Remove Background from
- Corrections: This option is used to adjust the sharpness, softness, brightness, and contrast values of the picture. To learn
more about this option, refer to our Picture
- Color: This option comes handy when you want to change the overall color feel of the
picture, like a monochromatic tint. You can find more information about this option in our
Changing Color of Pictures tutorial.
- Artistic Effects: Here you can select various artistic effects from a Artistic Effects drop-down gallery. To
learn more about this option, refer to our Artistic
Effects for Pictures tutorial.
- Compress Pictures: By default, PowerPoint embeds your inserted pictures into your presentation leaving the size and format
largely unchanged. You can reduce the size of the inserted picture using the Compress option. Just select the picture, and click
the Compress button within the Adjust group to summon the Compress Pictures dialog box that
you can see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Compress Pictures dialog box
Within the Compress Pictures dialog box, you can decide the quality of the inserted picture choosing between any of the four
Target output options. Then, if you have cropped the picture, select the Delete cropped areas of picture check-box to remove the
unused portions of the picture permanently. And select the Apply only to this picture check-box to apply the changes to only the
selected picture. Once you are done, click the OK button. Learn more about compression in our
Compress Pictures tutorial; also see our
Set Document Resolution page.
- Change Picture: This option enables you to change a picture on your slide with retaining all the effects or animations applied
to the original picture. You don't need to delete the original picture and start all over again. Just change any existing picture into another with
just a couple of clicks. Learn more in our Change Picture in
PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Reset Picture: This option resets the picture to its original state. however, this option will not do a full reset if you
have already used the Compress Pictures option, explained earlier on this page. More in our
Reset Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Crop: Although this option is not within the Adjust group we'll explore the Crop option
also. Instead of just one kind of crop, there are three crop variations which have been explained in the tutorials
Crop Picture and
Crop Pictures (Crop to Shape). Also refer to our
Reposition Picture Fills with Crop tutorial
to learn how you can adjust the picture fills using Crop option.
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