Add or change an effect for a picture

You can enhance your picture by adding effects, such as shadows, glows, reflections, soft edges, bevels, and three-dimensional (3-D) rotations to it. You can also apply an artistic effect to a picture or change the brightness, contrast, or sharpness of a picture.

  1. Click the picture that you want to add an effect to.

    To add the same effect to multiple pictures, click the first picture, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other pictures. If you are using Microsoft Word, you must copy the pictures to a drawing canvas if they are not already there. (After adding or changing the effect, you can copy them back to the original location in your document.)

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Picture Styles group, click Picture Effects.

  3. Rest your pointer on one of the Picture Effects options to see a menu of different ways to apply each effect. When you rest your pointer on one of the menu effects, the effect appears as a preview on the picture in your document.

    Use Picture Effects to add shadow, soft edges, bevels or other visual effects.


    • To customize the effect you’re adding, click the Options selection at the bottom of each effect menu. For example, if you’ve opened the Shadow menu, click Shadow Options to make custom adjustments to the shadow effect.

    • To remove an effect that you have added to the picture, point to the menu entry for the effect, and then click the option to remove the effect. For example, to remove a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click the first entry, No Shadow.

    • If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, double-click the picture to make sure that you selected it. If you see [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name at the top of the program window, try saving your document into a format such as *.docx or *.xlsx instead of an earlier file format such as *.doc or *.xls, and then try again.

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