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Word lesson 12, Clipart and images

Using clipart

Another usefull function in Microsoft Word is the possibility to add clipart and other images to our document.
Hundreds of cliparts are included in Word but we can also add our own images.
And we can edit the properties of a clipart to a more personalized version.

Insert clipart

To insert a clipart in XP and 2003, we click on "Insert" and "Picture" in the menubar.
This will open the task pane on the rightside of our document.
In the field "Search text" we enter a keyword and click the "Search" button.

clipart from menubar
As soon as we pushed the "Search" button, small images of found clipart will be shown in the task pane.
Place the cursor in the document where you want to insert the clipart.
And click on the clipart you want to add.

insert clipart
To add a clipart in 2000 or 97 you click on "Insert", "Picture" and "Clipart" in the menubar.
This will open a window with all cliparts.
Choose a category.
Then rightclick on the image of your choice and choose "Insert".

insert picture

The picture toolbar

Insert picture Color
More or less contrast More or less brightness
Crop Rotate left
Line style Compress pictures
Text wrapping Format picture
Set transparant color Reset picture
Most of these buttons are pretty obvious, but i will give a short description of them anyway.

Insert Picture: This button opens a window where we can choose a image on our computer to insert.

Color: When we click on this button a dropdown menu will open with four choices:
1. Automatic - standard value, shows the image in its original colors
2. Grayscale - shows the image in different gray values
3. Black & White - can be used when you have a black and white printer
4. Washout - is used when you want to place a image in the background which needs to serve as a watermark

More or less contrast: The difference between the lightest and the darkest parts of the image will become more or less.

More or less brightness: the brightness of an image will be increased or decreased.

Crop: This button can be used to remove non interesting pieces of out images.
Click and drag the edges of the image for this.

Rotate left: Each click on the button will make the image rotate 90° to the left.

Line style: This button will open a menu with different borders which can be used to surround our image with a border.

Compress pictures: This can be a important function to make the size of our document a bit smaller by making the images smaller.
This is used alot for images which will be placed on the internet.

Text wrapping: Clicking on this button will open a menu where we can choose how the image will be visible in our text.

Format picture: opens a window with different tabs where we have all image formatting options.

Set transparant color: This button can only be used with .gif and .jpg images and not for clipart images.

Reset picture: Clicking this button will make all changes undone and will bring the image back to its original form.

The picture formatting window

The "Format Picture" window contains six tabs which we can use to edit our image, namely "Colors and lines", "Size", "Layout", "Picture", "Textbox" and "Web".

In the "Colors and Lines" tab we determine the fill color of our image.
Click on the arrow next to the "Color" field.
Click on a color or "Fill effects" which opens a new window where we have even more ways to edit the background of our image.

picture formatting
In the "Size" tab we can adjust the size of our image.
In the "Layout" tab we control the text wrapping for our image.
In the "Picture" tab we can cut our image, control grayscales and control the brightness and contrast of our image.
In the "Web" tab we can enter a text which webpages will show when they cannot show our image.