Publisher 2010: Working with Pictures

Publisher 2010: Working with Pictures


The greeting card I’m working on is almost
done. I’ve typed up everything I want to include on the front, and on the inside. The only
thing missing? Pictures! Adding pictures to your publication is a great
way to make it more effective and more visually appealing. It all starts with the Insert tab. In this example, I already know which picture
I want to use here. It’s a photo that I have saved to my computer. That means we can click
the Picture command, navigate to where it’s being kept, then click the button to insertit. There are lots of things you can do to enhance
your pictures in Publisher. First, I’m going to make this one a little smaller using the
sizing handles here, or in the corners – all you have to do is click and drag. Then we’ll
move the photo roughly into place – again, by clicking and dragging your mouse. Now we can start formatting the picture so
it fits the style of the card. For that, you’ll find everything you need on the Picture Tools
Format tab, which appears any time you have a picture selected. One of the quickest ways to enhance your publication
is to apply a picture style. This works especially well with photos. As you can see from the
preview, there are several different shapes and styles to choose from. Each one gives
your picture a different look. Next, we’re going to crop the photo to eliminate
some of this negative space on the right. Just click the Crop command, then click and
drag the cropping handles until you’re satisfied with the result. This can be done with any
type of picture, whether it’s formatted like this one, or not at all. Now I’m going to reposition my picture one
last time before we add a caption to it. This feature is popular in publications like
brochures with product descriptions, and newsletter articles. I’m looking for something very simple
that I can center right below the photo. There – that looks nice. Now we can turn our attention to the inside
of the card. We’ll also go back to the Insert tab. I don’t have an image for this part of
my publication, but I’ll bet we can find something in clip art. Publisher’s clip art gallery
is full of pictures, graphics, and other media that you can search using keywords. Just enter
your search term in the box, then click Go. Let’s see. This one looks good. To add it
to my publication, I’m going to click the thumbnail then close this window so we can
take a good look. See what happened to the text when I inserted
the picture? This can happen any time you have an object positioned near a text box.
To fix that, we’ll need to change the picture’s text wrap settings. Just make sure it’s selected,
then go back to the Format tab. Now click Wrap Text, and this, we’ll choose None. Finally, one of the most basic edits you can
make to a picture is modifying its brightness or contrast, here in the Adjust group. Although
these tools are separated into two different commands, I find they work best when you use
them together. Here’s how it works. Click Brightness to increase or decrease how
dark the picture is. We’ll increase this one by just 10%. Click Contrast to either increase or decrease
the contrast. You can also change the color of the picture
to better fit your publication. Just click Recolor, then choose from black & white, sepia
tone, or one of the options that incorporates your color scheme. On second thought, I’m
happy with mine the way it is. If you ever change your mind about any of
the formatting choices you’ve made – whether it’s the color, or the picture style – you
can always change back to the original, using the Reset Picture command. But, like I said, I’m happy with what we’ve
put together. I think the right imagery can really help you communicate your message,
whether you choose to use clip art, other graphics, or your own photos. Publisher gives
you so many options.

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  1. thanks alot i love you this was the only good video i could find to study for my test. Keep up the good work

  2. Your online tutorials are wonderful. I love the "real" life examples that are used to display the concepts and tools you're teaching. The presentations are professional, easily accessible, and just the right length. Thank you. (No, I'm not being paid to say this!)

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