Tag Archives: Crop

Tame your computer – use Paint to perfect your picture

15 Jul

Microsoft Paint is a basic image creation and manipulation program that is part of all versions of Microsoft Windows. It lets you effortlessly crop and resize photos. When you crop photos, you can cut off distracting or unwanted parts. Resizing images can help to make them small enough for certain websites.

Here’s how:

  1. Right-click the image and select Open with, followed by Paint.
  2. To crop, click on the Select button (not its drop-down arrow), drag the cursor around the area you want to capture and click the Crop button.
  3. To resize, click on the Resize button and change the resize dimensions.
  4. Press CTRL + S to save the modified image or select Save As from the drop-down button in the top left hand corner.

The dimensions you choose depend on whether your image is landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical). For example, the optimum image size on this Cambridge Network website is 550 x 400 pixels. If your image is landscape, choose 550 pixels horizontally and make sure the final version of the image is less than 400 pixels vertically. If your image is portrait, choose to make it 400 pixels high in the vertical box and ensure the width is no larger than 550 pixels.

Oh, and if you’re struggling to find Paint in your list of applications, simply press the WIN key and type paint.

Related tips:
Tip 386: Capture, edit, save and share snippets of your screen
Tip 513: Resize and position photos in SmartArt

(With thanks to Judi Coe, editor of the Cambridge Network site, for today’s tip inspiration.)

Tame your computer – picture perfect

25 May

Not so long ago I was helping a client update her PowerPoint presentation. We had used one of the SmartArt Graphics that can contain pictures, but wanted to reposition the photo … more head, less body. The right-clickers among you might intuitively try Size and Position, but that applies to the placeholder, not the picture itself. But don’t despair – you can get access to the photo.

Here’s how:

  1. Click on the picture in the SmartArt.
  2. Click on the Picture Tools Format tab.
  3. Click on the Crop button.
  4. To resize the picture, drag any of the corner sizing handles, so that both the height and width change and you won’t end up with a distorted photo.
  5. To reposition the picture, make sure you have a 4-headed arrow cursor and drag the picture to the desired location. Hold down the SHIFT key to “snap” the picture to a perfect horizontal or vertical “grid”.
  6. Click anywhere outside the placeholder to “confirm” the change.

With thanks to Miranda for this week’s tip inspiration.

Related tips:
Tip 501: Change the emphasis of a SmartArt graphic by changing its direction (tip_501.php)
Tip 355: Tweak your SmartArt graphics (tip_355.php)
Tip 268: convert an existing bulleted list to a SmartArt graphic (tip_268.php)

Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.