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Correcting a Picture

Once you have inserted a picture, you can control the image’s colors, brightness, and contrast using Picture tools. The brightness and contrast controls let you make simple adjustments to the tonal range of a picture. The brightness and contrast controls change a picture by an overall lightening or darkening of the image pixels. In addition, you can sharpen and soften pictures by a specified percentage. If you want to set unique or multiple options, you can use the Format Picture pane (New!). You can experiment with the settings to get the look you want. If you don’t like the look, you can use the Reset Picture button to return the picture back to its original starting point.

Change Brightness and Contrast or Sharpen and Soften

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg Click the picture you want to change.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Click the Format tab under Picture Tools.
  • yellow-circle-03.jpg Click the Corrections button, and then do one of the following:

    • Brightness and Contrast. Click a brightness and contrast option.
    • A positive brightness lightens the object colors by adding more white, while a negative brightness darkens the object colors by adding more black. A positive contrast increases intensity, resulting in less gray, while a negative contrast to decrease intensity, resulting in more gray.
    • Sharpen and Soften. Click a sharpen and soften option.
  • yellow-circle-04.jpg To set custom correction percentages, click the Corrections button, click Picture Corrections Options, specify the options you want in the Format Picture pane (New!), and then click the Close button in the pane.
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