Understanding the Format Picture dialog box in Publisher

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

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, which washes out a picture. Increasing the contrast exaggerates the difference between shadows and highlights, which gives a picture a high contrast.


  • Color – Select the fill color 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 – This gives selected cells or a table no fill of any kind. Cells with no fill have a transparent background.

    • More Colors – This opens the Colors dialog box. You can select a new color from the standard color palette, or you can select a custom color using the RGB, HSL, or CMYK color model. You can also select a PANTONE® color.

    • Tints – This opens the Fill Effects dialog box, where you can apply tints of the currently selected color.

  • Compress – This displays the Compress Pictures dialog box and control how your pictures are compressed.

  • Reset Color – This restores the original colors.

  • Reset All – This resets the cropping and image controls applied to the picture. Reset affects the formatting changes applied to the selected picture through the Picture tab of the Format Picture dialog.

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

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