Apply an artistic effect to a picture

You can apply artistic effects to a picture or a picture fill to make the picture look more like a sketch, drawing, or painting. A picture fill is a shape or other object with a picture applied to "fill it".

You can apply only one artistic effect at a time to a picture, so applying a different artistic effect will remove the previously applied artistic effect.

Picture of leaves

Original picture

Leaves with Photocopy effect

Same picture with the Photocopy effect

Picture with Grayscale effect

Original picture with the Pencil Grayscale effect

Apply an artistic effect

Important: Compressing a picture to reduce the size of the file changes the amount of detail retained in the source picture. This means that after compression, the picture can look different than before it was compressed. Because of this, you should compress the picture and save the file, before applying an artistic effect. You can redo the compression even after saving the file as long as you have not closed the program you are working in, if the compression plus the artistic effect is not the look you want.

  1. Click the picture that you want to apply an artistic effect to.

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

    Adust group on the Picture Tools Format tab

    Adjust group on the Format tab under Picture Tools

    If you don't see the Format or Picture Tools tabs, make sure that you've selected a picture. You may have to double-click the picture to select it and open the Format tab.

  3. Click the artistic effect that you want.

    Tip: You can move your mouse pointer over any of the effects, and use Live Preview to see what your picture will look like with that effect applied before you click the one that you want.

  4. To fine tune the artistic effect, click Artistic Effects Options.

    For additional help on those options, see Format Object (Artistic Effects pane).

Tip: If you are using PowerPoint, you can still save the original version of the picture, even though you have added an artistic effect to your picture.

Delete an artistic effect

  1. Click the picture with the artistic effect that you want to remove.

  2. On the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Artistic Effects.

  3. In the Artistic Effects gallery, click the first effect, None.

    To remove all the effects that you've added to a picture, including effects from other galleries and not just from the Artistic Effects gallery, click Reset Picture.

Tip: You can also add effects such as shadows, reflections, and glows, change the brightness or contrast or your picture, or adjust the color of your picture.

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