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Adding Images

Adding Images

The front page is where the first impression is made, and graphics are a good way to grab people’s attention. To add images, all you do is drag and drop images onto the document, then resize or format them as necessary.

Two of the most crucial things to get right are resizing and cropping. Resizing is simple enough: Pull the circular tabs on the corners of the image to scale the image up or down. By default, the image resizes in the direction the cursor is moved, but hold the Option key while doing this and the images is resized away from its center. Either way, Word automatically resizes the image proportionally. As the image is resized, dynamic guides appear and disappear, indicating when the image is either aligned with or centered against some other object on the page (see Figure 5). You can also drag static guides from the Ruler onto the document; using both kinds of guides, it’s easy to keep everything on the page neatly aligned.

To crop an image, start by double-clicking the image so that the Ribbon switches to the Format Picture tab. Click the Crop button, and a grayscale version of the image appears around the image box. Resize this version using the circular tabs at its corners until it is the right size, and click and drag the center of this grayscale image to move it around inside the image box. When you’re happy with how it looks, click the Crop button again.

Pull-down menus and buttons on the Format Image Ribbon tab can be used to recolor images, add borders and shadows, or apply artistic filters of various kinds. These may have their usefulness, but should be used judiciously and with a critical eye: Just because you can do something to an image doesn’t necessarily mean you should!

Figure 5 Use the Crop button to resize and move an image so that it fills an image box more satisfactorily.

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