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Changing the Image's Properties
The following article is a transcript from a our video product, "Intro to Powerpoint XP."

After inserting a photo or picture into our PowerPoint slide, there are many things we can do to make it look better. We can rotate and flip the image, crop it, and even adjust the brightness. PowerPoint’s image manipulation abilities are impressive … you no longer need to edit your graphics with photo-software, as you can simply paste the flawed picture into your slide and fix it there.

Slide Properties Panel
To change the formatting of a picture, first mouse-click on the picture to select it. Then, go up to the menu bar and select [Format – Picture]. A pop-up box will appear that gives you many options for your photo. The most useful ones include:

1. Brightness/Contrast: Make your picture brighter by adjusting the brightness/contrast sliders and hitting preview. This is great for dark photographs.

2. Color: This pop-down box allows you to transform your photo into to black and white. You can even “washout” the picture and use it for a slide background picture.

3. Colors and Lines Tab: Lets you add a black borders around your picture. This looks very nice.

There are many other functions you can adjust through this format box, but most of them are easier to accomplish other ways. For example, it’s easier to adjust your picture size by grabbing the pictures “corner handles.” If you hold down the [shift] key while resizing, the picture will maintain correct proportions!

Rotating Images:
Here’s a fun trick. You can rotate images in PowerPoint 2002 … it’s really easy! First, select the picture by clicking on it. If you look closely, you’ll see that the picture has a small green handle (the little green circle). You can grab this rotation handle and spin your photo in circles. Fun, huh? If you need to precisely align your photo (such as when you need an exact 90 degree rotation) you can hold the [shift] key down while rotating and the image will spin in set increments.

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