Add and format images

Format images on slides

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Once you add a photo, graphic, or picture, you have many ways to enhance the picture, such as backgrounds, shadows, and effects, to get your message across even better.

Make adjustments and add effects

  1. Select the picture you want to change.

  2. Under Picture Tools, select Format > Corrections.

    If you do not see the Picture Tools Format tab, make sure that you selected a picture. Depending on your screen size, the Corrections button may look different.

  3. Hover over the thumbnails to preview the options, and select an option:

    • Sharpen/Soften - more softness on the left, more sharpness on the right.

    • Brightness/Contrast - less brightness on the left, more brightness on the right, less contrast on the top, more contrast on the bottom.

      Tip: To fine tune a correction, select Picture Corrections Options. Then move the slider for Sharpness, Brightness, or Contrast, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

  4. Select an option from the Artistic Effects drop-down, to add an artistic effect if you like.

  5. Select an option from the Color drop-down, to add a color effect if you like.

  6. Select Compress Pictures to compress the images and reduce the file size.

  7. To remove changes and start over, select the picture, and then select Format > Reset Picture.

    The picture will reset to how it was when you inserted it into the slide.

  8. In Picture Styles, hover over a style to preview it, and select the style you want.

    Select More Shows the "More" icon to see more styles.

  9. Select an option from the Picture Effects drop-down to add an effect.

Use Format Painter

A quick way to apply the same format to another object is to use Format Painter.

  1. Select the picture with the formatting you want to copy.

  2. Select Home > Format Painter.

  3. Hover over the picture you want to format (notice that the pointer changes to a paintbrush icon), and select the picture to apply the formatting.

Tip: To copy the formatting to more than one picture or object, double-click Format Painter. The copied formatting will be applied to everything you select, until you press Esc.

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Change the brightness, contrast, or sharpness of a picture

Apply an artistic effect to a picture

Now that there are pictures added and in place, let's jazz them up a bit with backgrounds, shadows, and other effects.

With your picture highlighted, change to the Picture Tools Format tab that appears when you click on the picture.

The first thing we can do is make corrections to the image.

We can soften the photo, making it a little bit more blurry, and you can sharpen it, making it a little more crisp.

You can also change the brightness.

If you hover your mouse over each setting, you'll notice that you get a live preview of it on the right-hand side.

You can add artistic effects to your picture, such as turning it into a water color painting, and you can also recolor it.

You can completely de-saturate the photo, and you can also recolor it according to a color in the PowerPoint presentation's theme.

Once all your pictures and photos have been added to your presentation, you can compress them to reduce their file size.

If you do make changes and you decide you don't like them, you can Reset your picture.

It will reset it how it was when you inserted it into the slide.

You can also add picture styles.

I'm going to click the down arrow next to Picture Styles, and I have a lot of preset choices to choose from.

I'm going to hover my mouse over them.

I'll choose one that looks nice, and now I can add some effects to it.

If I click Picture Effects, I can choose from Preset effects such as 3-D curves, chiseled bevels, and other options.

I can add Shadows, Reflections, Glows.

I can even soften the edges of a photo.

Let's add a perspective shadow to this photo.

I'm going to move it over by clicking and dragging with my mouse so that it nicely fits on the slide.

We've made a lot of changes to this photo, and as you'll notice here on the left, we have two other similar slides.

Rather than have to remember all these changes that I made to the slide, we can use a tool that comes in PowerPoint to copy and paste the actual formatting.

It's called the Format Painter tool.

With my picture still selected, I'll go to the Home ribbon tab, and select the Format Painter icon on the left-hand side.

Now I'm going to go to my next slide.

The icon changes when I hover my mouse over it.

You can see the paint brush.

I'll click once on the picture, and instantly, that picture gets the same formatting applied to it.

Let's do that one more time.

With my picture selected, I'll click the Format Painter icon, go down to my remaining slide, click the mouse, and instantly, all the formatting changes are applied.

Now I have three great looking slides that look the same.

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