Format Picture Dialog

 Use the Format Picture dialog's Picture tab to set options for cropping and controlling the color, brightness, and contrast of a picture. You can also compress the images in a publication or restore the original colors of an image.

Note   The Picture tab is available when the selected object is a picture, or is a shape with a picture fill. If the object is a shape then the Cropping tools are disabled, but Image Control and Compression are enabled.

Crop from

In the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom boxes, enter the amount of cropping that you want for the picture. If you enter a negative cropping value, Publisher will outcrop the picture, which extends the frame out beyond the picture. If you applied a fill to the picture, the outcropped area of the frame will show the fill. Otherwise, the outcropped area will be transparent.

Brightness and contrast

  • Brightness  Enter a percentage in the Brightness box, or use the slider to set the amount of brightness for the picture. The default level is 50 percent brightness. Increasing the brightness makes the picture lighter. Decreasing the brightness makes the picture darker.

  • Contrast  Enter a percentage in the Contrast box, or use the slider to set the amount of contrast for the picture. Decreasing the contrast lessens the difference between shadows and highlights. It tends to make the picture look washed out. Increasing the contrast exaggerates the difference between shadows and highlights. It tends to make the picture look like a high contrast poster.


  • Color -Select the fill color that you want from the palette, or select one of the options in the list:

    • Scheme Colors – Select colors from the applied color scheme of your publication.

    • Standard Colors – Select from a standard set of colors ranging from red to blue.

    • No Fill - Click this option to give the selected cells or table no fill of any kind. Cells with no fill have a transparent background.

    • More Colors - Click this option to open the Colors dialog box. You can select a new color from the standard color palette, or you can select a custom color that you can define by using the RGB, HSL, or CMYK color model. You can also select a PANTONE®  color.

    • Tints - Click this option to open the Fill Effects dialog box, where you can apply tints of the currently selected color.

  • Compress  Click this button to display the Compress Pictures dialog box and control how your pictures are compressed.

  • Reset Color  Click this button to restore the original colors.

  • Reset All  Click this button to reset the cropping and image controls that you applied to the picture. Reset affects the formatting changes you applied to the selected picture through the Picture tab of the Format Picture dialog.

  • Shape Effects Opens the Format Shape dialog on the giving you access to Fill , Shadow , Reflection , Glow , Soft Edges , 3-D Format , and 3-D Rotation effects.

Applies To: Publisher 2013, Publisher 2010

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