Resizing and Cropping Images Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager
1) Locate the folder of the image you want to edit: File/Add Picture Shortcut...
2) Highlight the picture you want to edit by clicking on it.
3) Enable the Edit Pictures Toolbar
Click on Edit Pictures… located near the top of the screen.
This should bring up the Edit Pictures Toolbar (below) on the right side of the screen.
Cropping - the ability to remove unwanted areas from your image.
1) Click on Crop in the Edit Pictures Toolbar. Doing so will open up the Crop Toolbar (Replacing the Edit Pictures toolbar on the right) and will also place cropping markers around the image (below).
The Crop toolbar
Changing the Aspect Ratio of your image – Under the crop settings heading in the Crop Toolbar, several aspect ratios are listed, for example 3X4. In Landscape mode, 3X4 will make the width 4/3 greater than the height. The opposite applies for Portrait; 3X4 will make the height 4/3 greater than the width of the image.
Cropping the image – When satisfied with where your markers are, click OK, your image should now be cropped.
If you are finished with editing your image you have 2 options to save your changes:
- File/Save will save your changes and overwrite the original file.
- File/Save As will give you the option to save the changed file in a new location and leave the original image untouched. (Recommended in case you need the original image for another purpose) .
From the Edit Pictures Toolbar, under Change picture size, click on Resize. This should replace the Edit Pictures Toolbar with the Resize Toolbar:
Using this toolbar (above), the image can be predefined by a set of common sizes (depending on the application of the image), this can be done by clicking the Predefined width x height bubble.
If a fixed width and height for an image is desired, click on the Custom width x height. Depending on if the image is taller than it is wide (or vice versa) the boxes under Custom width x height will behave differently:
For an image wider than it is tall (below left)
-To change the height, enter the desired height into either box (but not both).
-To change the width of the image, enter the desired width in both boxes.
For an image taller than it is wide (below right)
-To change the height, enter the desired height into both boxes.
-To change the width, enter the width in to either box (but not both).
Example of an image that is wider than it is tall
Example of an image that is taller than it is wide
The last option in this toolbar is the Percentage of original width x height option: 100% means there will be no change in size, less than 100% means the image will be smaller than the original, more than 100% will mean the image will be made larger than the original. To apply any made changes, click the OK button.
When you are finished resizing your image, make sure to save (a guideline on saving can be found at the end of Cropping section of this outline).
When resizing images it is important to consider their new dimensions; i.e. their size. When replacing another image on a webpage, it is easiest to use the existing image’s dimensions as a guide. To find out an existing image’s dimensions, right click on the image and select Properties. The new box that pops up will provide the dimensions of the existing image. Use these as a guide when altering images or creating new ones. When considering image dimensions, the longest side of the image should be no shorter than 150px and no longer than 350px.