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Microsoft Picture Manager - Working with Pictures

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Opening an image and preparing to edit it in Microsoft Photo Manager

  1. Find the photo in Windows explorer
  2. Right click on the photo
  3. Go to Open in… and choose Microsoft Office 2010 – this will open the image in Microsoft Photo Manager
  4. Click on the Edit Pictures… button in the toolbar – this will open the Edit Pictures toolbar at the right side of the screen

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Autocorrect

If you don’t have much time to edit your photo, but want to fix some of the color or brightness issues, Microsoft Photo Manager can analyze the photo and do the work for you. However, the changes are automatic and may not fix the problems that you see when you look at the photo. If you want to have more control over the changes that are made, you don’t like the changes that autocorrect makes, or you need to resize/crop your photo, you will want to learn more about the manual controls listed below.

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Brightness and Contrast

  1. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the handout for opening an image and preparing it for editing
  2. Click on Brightness and Contrast
  3. Decide how you want to change the brightness/contrast:
    • Auto Brightness – The computer will pick the settings automatically.
    • Brightness – This setting lightens (higher #) or darkens (lower #) all of the colors in an image.
    • Contrast – With a higher number, this setting lightens the lights and darkens the darks. With a lower number, it lightens the darks and darkens the lights.
    • Midtone – The darkest colors stay dark, the lightest colors stay like, but the middle shades are adjusted so that the higher the number, the lighter they are.
  4. Make your adjustments
  5. Go to File > Save As…to make sure that you save a copy of your file

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Color

Sometimes the color of an image isn’t exactly right. Other times, you want to alter the color of an image to give it a certain affect. To edit the color of your image:

  1. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the handout for opening an image and preparing it for editing
  2. Click on Color
  3. Decide how you would like to alter the color of the image:
    • Enhance Color – Automatically corrects the color balance of the selected pictures.
      1. Click Enhance Color.
      2. Click on an area of the picture that would normally be white.
    • Hue and saturation settings – Select both the change in hue (pure color) and the severity (amount) of change you want to make by using the Hue and Amount sliders.
    • Saturation – This controls the intensity of the color in the image. If the image has 0 saturation, it will be black and white. If the image has 100 saturation, the colors will be severe.
  4. Make your adjustments
  5. Go to File > Save As to make sure that you save a copy of your file

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Crop

Cutting off the edges of a photo can be extremely helpful in telling a story or revealing details in the image. This is called cropping. There are a few different ways that you can go about cropping an image the processes for each way is outlined below:

  1. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the handout for opening an image and preparing it for editing
  2. Click on Crop
  3. Steps to cropping images:
    1. Choose your aspect ratio  – Allows you to choose a standard image size and direction
      1. Choose your Aspect ratio: 3x4, 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 or None (no a standard image size).
      2. Decide if you want it to be Landscape (wider than tall) or Portrait (taller than wide).
    2. Adjust the cropping selection by dragging the black lines to the lines that you want to crop to or by clicking on the up and down arrows in the Crop Handles section.
  4. Click OK
  5. Go to File > Save As... to make sure that you save a copy of your file

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Rotate and Flip

  1. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the handout for opening an image and preparing it for editing
  2. Click on Rotate and Flip
  3. Decide which direction that you want to rotate or flip the image
    • Rotate: Rotate Left (counter clockwise 90˚), Rotate Right (clockwise 90˚), by degree (by any ˚)
    • Flip: Horizontal (mirrored), vertical (mirrored but appears upside down)
  4. Go to File > Save As... to make sure that you save a copy of your file

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Red Eye Removal

Sometimes when you take a picture of people (especially those with light skin and blue eyes) and use a flash, you get a red eye affect. To get rid of Red Eye:

  1. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the handout for opening an image and preparing it for editing
  2. Click Red Eye Removal
  3. Click on all the red eyes in the picture
  4. Click OK
  5. Go to File > Save As... to make sure that you save a copy of your file

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Resize

If an image size is too large for a particular use (i.e. send through email, post on webpage), you may need to resize it.

Remember:

  • If you plan to crop your image, you’re going to want to make sure that you do that before you resize the photo. Otherwise you may end up with a smaller size or a pixilated image.
  • Reducing image size also reduces the number of pixels!
  • Total email attachments should generally be under 10mb.
  • Images that are posted on webpages need to be resized to be, at largest, within 180 pixels x 400 pixels. There are some exceptions. To see an example, go to: www.augustana.edu/x15375.xml

To resize an image:

  1. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the handout for opening an image and preparing it for editing
  2. Click Resize
  3. Decide which way you want to resize your picture
    • Predefined width x height – This menu has 6 options; each one is appropriate only for certain requirements (i.e. large/small, document/web/email).
    • Custom width x height – Use this if you have a specific pixel size that you want the width or height to be.
  4. Percentage of original width x height – Use this if you want to reduce your pixels by 50% or any other percentage.
  5. Change it to the appropriate value
  6. Click OK
  7. Go to File > Save As... to make sure that you save a copy of your file

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Compress Pictures

  1. This option reduces the file size without damaging the file. Use this if you simply want to have a smaller file with the same resolution. Follow the instructions at the beginning of the handout for opening an image and preparing it for editing
  2. Click Compress
  3. Choose the compression option that matches your intended use:
    • Documents
    • Webpages
    • E-mail messages
  4. Click OK
  5. Go to File > Save As... to make sure that you save a copy of your file