Acquire and Organize Your Pictures
First, place all of the pictures you want to use, whether they’re from a scanner, digital camera, or the Internet, in a central location/folder.
- Create a folder for your original pictures. You can organize this folder even further by using subfolders (i.e.: Week1, Week2, Week 3, etc).
- Make a separate sub folder for your revised pictures. It is always a good idea to work with copies to avoid an unintentional permanent change. If you are working with your original files and you do not export your pictures correctly, the changes you make will replace your originals. The result may be a loss of the high resolution (print quality) picture. For example, if you have folder called “Colloquium_Photos” you should make a copy of the folder and name it something different, such as, “Colloquium_Photos_Resized” and work with pictures in that folder.
Edit Your Pictures
Once you have gathered your pictures into a central location, you are ready to open them in Microsoft Office Picture Manager for editing.
- Open your picture folder and right click on the first picture file.
- Select “Open With” and choose Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
View and Open Pictures
There are 3 ways to view your images; Thumbnail View, Filmstrip View, and Single Picture View. These options are available from the “View” menu OR the toolbar icons.
Thumbnail, Filmstrip, and Single Picture Viewing Options from the View menu.
Thumbnail, Filmstrip, and Single Picture Viewing Options on the toolbar.
Thumbnail View will allow you to see each image in miniature.
In thumbnail view, you can select more than one picture to edit at one time or “batch edit.” You can also double click on a picture and have it open in “Single Picture View.”
Filmstrip View displays the images along the bottom of the screen, with the selected image enlarged and positioned above.
Single Picture View displays only the selected image.
Resize Your Pictures
- Open the pictures with Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
- To select one picture, click the picture.
- To select multiple pictures that are next to each other in either Thumbnail or Filmstrip view, select the first picture in the group, hold down SHIFT, and then select the last picture you want to work with.
- To select multiple pictures that are not next to each other in either Thumbnail or Filmstrip view, select one picture, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard, and then select each additional picture you want to work with.
- To select all the pictures in either Thumbnail or Filmstrip view, from the Edit menu choose Select All.
- Right-Click on highlighted images and click on “Open”
- Choose “Thumbnail View” from the View tab.
- Choose the picture(s) you want to resize.
- From the Picture menu, choose Resize. This will open up the Resize menu on the right side of the screen.
Note: Resizing images to the proper dimensions for a web course or web site is very important. From the Resize menu you are able to resize your images to the dimensions (height and width) of your choice so that it fits nicely in the screen. Resizing your images to the proper dimensions for your specific use will also give you a smaller file size, which will bring about faster loading times.
Useful Feature: To resize several images at the same time: Select the pictures you want to resize (Ctrl + A will select them all), then choose “Predefined width x height” and select your size from the drop down list. The preset, Web Small (448 x 336px) and E-mail Large (314 x 235px), are both good sizes for Web use. You can also choose a custom size or change the size by a percentage.
- After making your resize selection, click the “OK” button.
- From the File menu, choose Save. Wait for the files to be saved. (Overwriting the original?)
Here is an example of an image at its original size 3264 X 2448 pixels:
Here is the same image after being resized for web purposes at 313 x 235px: