Add or change picture effects in Office 2007

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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 add an artistic effect to a picture or change the brightness, contrast, or sharpness of a picture.

  1. Click the picture for which you want to add or change an effect.

    Note: 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 Word, you must copy the pictures to a drawing canvas if they are not already there. Click Insert > Shapes > New Drawing Canvas. (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.

    Picture Tools tab

    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 Office Excel 2007 window, try saving your document as an 2007 Microsoft Office system document instead of an Office 2003 document, and then try again.

  3. Do one or more of the following:

    • To add or change a built-in combination of effects, point to Preset, and then click the effect that you want.

      To customize the built-in effect, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

    • To add or change a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click the shadow that you want.

      To customize the shadow, click Shadow Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the Shadow pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

    • To add or change a reflection, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection variation that you want.

    • To add or change a glow, point to Glow, and then click the glow variation that you want.

      To customize the glow colors, click More Glow Colors, and then choose the color that you want. To change to a color that is not in the theme colors, click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab do not update if you later change the document theme. For more information about themes, see All about themes, Quick Styles, cell styles, and background styles.

    • To add or change a soft edge, point to Soft Edges, and then click the size of the edge that you want.

    • To add or change an edge, point to Bevel, and then click the bevel that you want.

      To customize the bevel, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

    • To add or change a 3-D rotation, point to 3-D Rotation, and then click the rotation that you want.

      To customize the rotation, click 3-D Rotation Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Rotation pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Shape dialog box.

    • To remove an effect that you've 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 No Shadow.

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