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This chapter is from the book

Cropping and Rotating a Picture

You can crop clip art to isolate just one portion of the picture. Because clip art uses vector image technology, you can crop even the smallest part of it and then enlarge it, and the clip art will still be recognizable. You can also crop bitmapped pictures, but if you enlarge the area you cropped, you lose picture detail. Use the Crop button to crop an image by hand. In addition, you can crop a picture while maintaining a selected resize aspect ratio or crop a picture based on a fill or fit. You can also rotate a picture by increments or freehand.

Crop a Picture Quickly

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg Click the picture you want to crop.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Click the Format tab under Picture Tools.
  • yellow-circle-03.jpg Click the Crop button.
  • yellow-circle-04.jpg Drag the sizing handles until the borders surround the area you want to crop.
  • yellow-circle-05.jpg Click outside the image when you are finished.

Crop a Picture with an Aspect Ratio

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg Click the picture you want to crop.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Click the Format tab under Picture Tools.
  • yellow-circle-03.jpg Click the Crop button arrow, point to Aspect Ratio, and then select an aspect ratio.
  • yellow-circle-04.jpg Drag the sizing handles until the borders surround the area you want to crop.
  • yellow-circle-05.jpg Click outside the image when you are finished.

Crop a Picture with a Fill or Fit

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg Click the picture you want to crop.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Click the Format tab under Picture Tools.
  • yellow-circle-03.jpg Click the Crop button arrow, and then select an option:

    • Fill. Resizes the picture so the entire picture area is filled while maintaining the aspect ratio. Any area outside of the picture area is cropped.
    • Fit. Resizes the picture so the entire picture displays inside the picture area while maintaining the aspect ratio.
  • yellow-circle-04.jpg Drag the sizing handles until the borders surround the area you want to crop.
  • yellow-circle-05.jpg Click outside the image when you are finished.

Rotate a Picture

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg Click the object you want to rotate.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Position the pointer (which changes to the Free Rotate pointer) over the circle arrow rotate lever at the top of the object, and then drag to rotate it.
  • yellow-circle-03.jpg Click outside the object to set the rotation.
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