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Lighten A Picture In Word

Sometimes the pictures you insert into a Word document will be too dark. Although Word 2013 is not an image editor, the program does offer some very useful image editing features to help you lighten a picture.

If you lighten a Picture in Word, only the instance of the picture in your document is affected; the original (perhaps on your hard drive) will remain in its original condition.

Make A Picture Lighter In Word

First of all select the picture by clicking on it. When you do, you should see the Picture Tools tab appear in the ribbon, with the Format tab within. Click on the Format tab to reveal all the picture formatting commands.

In the Adjust group over on the left of the ribbon, you will see the Corrections command.

Picture Corrections Command

When you click on the Corrections command, the corrections preset gallery opens; hover over any of the images to instantly see what effect that correction will have on your image. When you find one you like, click on it.

Corrections Gallery

In the corrections gallery there are different groups: sharpen/soften and brightness/contrast. It’s the brightness/contrast group that most interests us here.

This gallery presents us with a collection of settings that someone else has setup for us, but we do have finer control over those settings when we click on Picture Corrections Options (in the image above, at the bottom). When we do so, the Format Picture panel opens up on the right of the workspace, with the Picture Corrections tab open.

Format Picture Panel

There are several controls in this panel that let us increase or decrease:

  • sharpness
  • brightness
  • contrast

You can also choose some presets for sharpen/soften and brightness/contrast. At this point a good idea is to start playing around with the sliders for sharpness, brightness and contrast. Dragging a slider to the left will decrease its value whilst dragging the slider to the right will increase it. You can also enter a specific number into the corresponding input box, which represents a percentage.

Usually, you will find need to increase the contrast a little when increasing the brightness of an image.

A good idea to get a feel for how the different properties work is to choose a preset that is almost what you want and then tinker with the individual settings. For example, I’ve just chosen this option from the brightness/contrast category:

Gallery Select

… and the individual settings it gave me were:

  • brightness = 20%
  • contrast = 40%

Annotate An Image In Word

When annotating images, you add descriptive labels to them to help your readers understand what they represent. It is easy to do this in Microsoft Word by using callouts. A callout consists of a shape for your text (like a rectangle) and a line that connects the shape to the image.

Let’s annotate an image now, as an example.

First of all insert an image into your document: go to the insert tab and click Pictures, in the Illustrations group. Navigate to your image, select it and click insert. Now for the callout: remaining in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

Insert Callout

Select one of the callout shapes and you’ll see the cursor change to a big “+” symbol. Click on your image and drag out the callout. When you start typing, the text will appear within the callout.

You can resize the callout box using the drag handles, but more importantly, you can change the position of the line connecting the text to the image. I say “line” here, but it could be any shape that connects in this way.

Below is an example image and callout:

Skull Or Something

The callout is in its default shape before we make any changes to it. The line looks a little disconnected, but we can move one end closer to the text box so that it looks like it’s attached to it. Just click and drag the yellow drag handle.

Also, whole callout could be closer to the image, so hover over the callout until the cursor changes to a crosshairs shape and then click and drag the callout. The callout box looks a little big for the small amount of text it contains, so let’s resize the box and make it smaller. Drag either the handles on the sides or those on the corners of the box. Beware: resizing the text box actually resizes the connector line too so you may have to reposition it.

Finally, you might like to remove the colour fill from the callout. Perhaps a white background and black border is preferred? You can use one of the preset Shape Styles (fortunately the first one gives a white background and black border) or adjust the fill colour and border colour manually. For fill colour use he Shape Fill command in the Shape Styles group, and for border colour, use the Shape Outline command.

Shape Styles

In the end, we got something like this:

Skull Or Something 2

Much better!