A picture needs to be corrected when it's appearance is too dark or too bright. You can end up with pictures that need correction if the
lighting was not proper when you clicked the original picture. Additionally, you may also want to make some tonal changes to a picture so that it
stands apart. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make corrections to
inserted pictures regarding their brightness, sharpness,
softness, and contrast values; all from within PowerPoint 2013 without having to use an
external program. Follow these steps to learn more:
- Open your presentation, navigate to any slide that has a
picture inserted. Just select or double-click the picture to activate the Picture Tools Format tab of the
Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in
Figure 1: Picture Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Picture Tools Format tab, locate the Adjust group. Here you will find several options that let
you adjust your pictures. Click the
Corrections button (highlighted in red within Figure 2) to access the
Corrections drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Corrections drop-down gallery
The Corrections drop-down gallery displays preview thumbnails of the selected picture with various Sharpness /
Softness and Brightness / Contrast values applied. These previews have been placed into two
Sharpen / Soften: Displays previews with various sharpness and softness values. The thumbnail in the middle (highlighted in
orange) represents the current status of the picture.
Brightness / Contrast: Displays previews with various brightness and contrast values. Again, the thumbnail in the middle
(highlighted in orange) represents the current status of the picture.
If you hover the mouse cursor over any of the picture variants within the Corrections drop-down gallery, you will see a tool
tip as you can see in Figure 3, which displays the adjustment values of the particular variant. Also, as you move the cursor over
different previews, the selected picture shows you a live preview
of the variation being selected within the Corrections drop-down gallery.
Figure 3: Brightness and Contrast adjustment values displayed in the tool tip
- Click on any of the variants to apply its correction values to the selected picture.
- At this point, if you are happy with the effect, you can continue with it. Otherwise, if you want to fine-tune the effect further, open the
Corrections drop-down gallery once again, and select the Picture Corrections Options (highlighted in
red within Figure 3 above), to summon the Format Picture
Task Pane. Within this Task Pane, make sure that the
Picture button (highlighted in red within Figure 4) is clicked
upon. Then select the Picture Corrections option (highlighted in blue within
Figure 4: Picture Correction options within the Format Picture Task Pane
- Now, make changes to the Brightness, Contrast, Soften, and Sharpness values
as required. You can either use the sliders or directly type in the values in digits, as required. All the while, you will see realtime changes
happening to your selected picture.
- Once you have fine-tuned the effect using the options within the Format Picture Task Pane, just close the task pane.
Figure 5 shows the selected picture with changed brightness and contrast values. Compare Figures 1 and 5
to see the difference.
Figure 5: Picture with changed brightness and contrast values
- Save your presentation.
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