Adjust Picture Options in PowerPoint 2013
Explore various Adjust Picture Options available in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
When a picture has been inserted, 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
as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Picture Tools Format tab activated
Figure 2: 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
fills that are tiled. To learn how this option works, refer to our
Background from Pictures tutorial.
- 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
- Color: This option comes handy when you want to change the color of the picture --
this changes the overall color feel of the picture, like a monochromatic tint. You can find more
information about this option in our
Changing Color of
- Artistic Effects: Here you can select various artistic effects from a
Artistic Effects drop-down gallery. To learn more about this option, refer
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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