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Shaping Up

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Shaping Up

Using MS Office Suite 2007?

If so, do you insert a lot of pictures or clipart?

Ever find yourself looking at a picture, thinking just how perfect it is, only if it were a different shape?

Maybe you’ve found a great piece of clipart, but it’s rectangular shaped, like this:

Instead, you were looking for a corner accent shape, like this:

You really like the picture, but not the shape. So, now what?

Keep looking?

What if none of the pictures you find are actually shaped to fit in a corner? Do you settle for something that’s not quite right?

In the end, you would make some sort of choice, but it may not be your first preference.

If you’re using Office 2007, maybe you don’t have to “settle” for something else after all!

When you insert the picture, you’ll automatically have the Picture Tools, Format tab added to the ribbon. And that’s where you’ll find the solution to your dilemma.

On the right hand side of the Picture Styles section, you’ll find a button labeled Picture Shape.

When you click on that button, your AutoShapes choices will appear, but not for drawing purposes.

Instead, if you choose a shape from the palette, you’ll find that your picture is changed into the shape you selected.

Office doesn’t distort the shape, it simply hides the parts you no longer need.

From there, you can rotate, recolor, brighten, etc. Just like you could with the original.

Given the versatility this gives to your graphics, you can be quite creative, so give it a try. You just might find it becomes one of your favorite tricks for creating truly customized documents and presentations!

~ April

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