7. Advanced Image Editing

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PowerPoint provides some basic image editing filters that can be used to enhance your images. Learn how to use these effects in this lesson.


Advanced image editing

- Later versions of PowerPoint have added some basic image editing tools
- These do not compete with Adobe Photoshop but are useful for non-experts

How to access these editing commands

- When you click on an image, a Picture Tools tab appears, click on this
- Picture styles allow you to select pre-formatted designs
- Corrections allow you to change sharpness, brightness and contrast
- Color dropdown is useful for turning picture into grayscale
- Artistic effects allow you to create sketch, paintbrush and similar effects
- Picture effects adds shadows, glows and reflections to an image


If you're familiar with image editing you'll know that programs such as Adobe Photoshop are typically used for this task. However in later versions of PowerPoint some basic image editing options have been included. And we'll be exploring these today. Let's first add an image to our slide by going to Insert, Picture, and then we'll select the desired image.

Let's now make this image a little bigger by dragging in the bottom left hand corner, and then I'll go to View, Guides, to center the image.

Once we've centered the image you can remove the guides again.

When we have the image selected, you may have noticed that a new Picture Tools tab has appeared in the header, and this is where we can perform our image editing. The first option we'll explore are picture styles. Let's expand this dropdown to see all of the options available. Picture styles are a set of pre designed borders, shadows, and reflections, that are added to our image to give some nice, easy to implement effects. As we hover over each picture style we can see the impact that it has on our image.

I'd like to implement a Polaroid effect so I'm going to select this option.

Once we're happy with our chosen style we can start adding some effects to the picture. Let's start by looking at corrections.

In the Corrections dropdown we can adjust sharpness, brightness, and contrast to suit our needs.

I think the image could do with greater sharpness so let's increase it by 50%.

Next, let's look at color, click on the Color dropdown and again hover over the options available to see the impact on our picture.

I don't tend to use the color option too often, apart from when I'm turning pictures into black and white using the grayscale option.

To undo this grayscale effect you can simply press Control + Z.

Let's now take a quick look at Artistic Effects. If we'd like to convert our picture into a pencil sketch, or even a paintbrush, this is where we'll do it. Apart from these two nice options, the film grain is also a nice way of fading a photograph to give it that old style act.

Once we're happy with our chosen artistic effect just click to select. We can also adjust the picture border of our image, click on the Picture Border dropdown and then select your desired color.

You can also adjust the thickness, and the form.

Given that this is a Polaroid picture I'm going to stick with the default that the picture style has given me, which is a thick white border. The last image editing option we'll explore are picture effects, these allow you to add many different effects, such as shadow, reflection, and glow, to your image. The Polaroid picture style I've chosen has already applied some external shadow effects, so I won't be adding any additional effects to my image. But I'd encourage you to experiment with these options when editing your own images.

The dropdown options available in the ribbon allow you to hover over preselected edits, but sometimes these may not offer exactly the right effects that you want. For more customization, click in the bottom right hand corner of the Picture Styles section.

This will allow you to customize your picture to your heart's content. If you're like me, and not an expert on image graphic editing, the ribbon dropdowns typically offer more than enough customization. Once you've decided on the effects you want for your picture it's important to compress the picture to reduce the size of your file. To do this, simply go to Compress Pictures in the ribbon, click and then press OK.

Compressing images wraps up our look at editing images in PowerPoint. As I mentioned at the start of this lesson, software packages such as Adobe Photoshop are much more powerful image editing tools and provide lots of functionality, but for the beginner I think PowerPoint's image effects can be quite useful.