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Microsoft PowerPoint 2008

Working with Images

Adding visual components to your slide(s) can enhance or underscore your message. Images from clip art collections, the Internet, or scanned images can be added to your PowerPoint slides. You can also add visual components by using PowerPoint's drawing tools, refer to Drawing in Office 2007. For more information on creating images for your PowerPoint presentation, refer to Creating WordArt for Office 2007.

return to topAdding Images

Adding Images: Clip Art

PowerPoint is equipped with a Clip Gallery that has numerous images in several different categories. It is easy to enhance your slides with appropriate clip art from the gallery. You can also import clip art images from your files or the Web to add to your Clip Gallery.

  1. Move to the appropriate slide

  2. From the Insert menu, select Clip Art…
    The Clip Gallery : PowerPoint dialog box appears.
    HINT: To add images from your files or online to the Clip Gallery, click IMPORT... or ONLINE...

  3. Use the Category and Search features to select the image you want to add to your slide

  4. Click INSERT
    The image is inserted in the slide, and the Picture section of the Formatting Palette opens.
    NOTE: The Picture section and the Quick Styles and Effects section opens only when the image is selected.
    HINTS:
    To format your image, refer to Picture Options: Picture Section of the Formatting Palette.
    To adjust the location and size of your image, refer to Managing Images: Positioning or Managing Images: Resizing.

Adding Images: Other Electronic Images

You can also add electronic images from other sources (e.g., scanned images or images saved from the Internet). To learn how to find and to save images from the Internet, refer to Capturing Images, Sounds, and Movies.

  1. Move to the appropriate slide

  2. From the Insert menu, select Picture...
    The Choose a Picture dialog box appears.

  3. Navigate to and select the image you want to add to your slide

  4. Click INSERT
    The image is inserted in the slide and the Formatting Palette opens.
    NOTE: The Picture section and the Quick Styles and Effects section opens only when the image is selected.
    HINTS:
    To format your image, refer to Picture Options: Picture Section of the Formatting Palette.
    To adjust the location and size of your image, refer to Managing Images: Positioning or Managing Images: Resizing.

return to topManaging Images

Once you have inserted an image into your slide, you can easily position, resize, rotate, or add a border to it as needed.

Managing Images: Positioning 

  1. Click and hold in the middle of the image
    Your pointer changes to a four sided arrow.

  2. Drag the image to the desired location

  3. Release the mouse button

Managing Images: Resizing 

  1. Select the image by clicking it once
    Squares called sizing handles appear around the selected image.

  2. Click and hold one of the sizing handles
    HINTS:
    To keep the image in the same proportions, use one of the corner handles
    To distort the image, use one of the side handles.

  3. To resize the image, drag the handle until the image is the desired size
    NOTE: You will see an outline of a box indicating the new size of the image. It resizes when you release the mouse button.

  4. Release the mouse button

Managing Images: Adding a Border

NOTE: To add effects such as shadows to your image, refer to Adding 3-D or Shadows for PowerPoint 2007.

  1. Select the image by clicking it once

  2. From the Formatting Palette, click to expand COLORS WEIGHTS AND FILLS
    The Colors Weights and Fills section expands.
    Colors Weights and Fill section

  3. In the Line section, from the Color pull-down list, select the desired color for the border of your image

  4. From the Style pull-down list, select the desired style of line for your border

  5. OPTIONAL: From the Dashed pull-down list, select the desired style of dashing for your border

  6. Use the Transparency slide bar to increase or decrease the transparency of your border

  7. In the Weight text box, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired width of the border

Managing Images: Deleting

  1. Select the image by clicking it once

  2. Press [delete]
    The image is deleted.

return to topPicture Options

Once you have inserted a picture into your PowerPoint slide, there are options that can enhance its look. The Picture section of the Formatting Palette lets you change the look of your image by offering options such as line style, transparency settings, contrast shades, color choices, and cropping. When you select your image, the Picture section should automatically open. For more information on picture options, refer to Modifying Clip Art for Office 2007. 

The Formatting Palette should automatically appear on the right side of your screen when you open PowerPoint. If the palette is not visible, do the following:

  1. From the View menu, select Formatting Palette
    The Formatting Palette appears on the right side of the screen.
    NOTE: The Formatting Palette is open when the menu option is checked. The Picture section opens when an image is selected.

Picture Options in the Formatting Palette

The Picture section panel of the Formatting Palette allow you many different options for formatting your images.

 

Button Name Icon Function
Format Picture Format Picture button Opens the Format Picture dialog box that controls the size, border, color, transparency, etc., of the image
Brightness Brightness button
Brightens or dims the colors in the image
Contrast
Contrast button
Changes the color of the image with more or less contrast
Crop Crop button Recaptures the image, allowing you to crop or to cut out unnecessary elements in the image
Set Transparent Color Transparent color button Changes the image background color to that of the background color of the document
Transparency Transparency button Allows light to pass through the image
Replace Replace button Replaces your image with a different image
Shape Shape button Adjusts the border of your image
Reset Reset button Resets previous work on image to original setting
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