Crop pictures in Publisher 2010

You can resize or crop to change the size of a picture. Resizing changes the dimensions of the picture by stretching or shrinking it, while cropping reduces the size of the picture by removing the vertical or horizontal edges. Cropping is often used to hide or trim a part of a picture, either for emphasis or to remove unwanted portions.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 has a more powerful cropping experience that includes:

  • Crop
  • Fit
  • Fill
  • Pan
  • Rotate
In this article


Crop

When you select a picture in Publisher 2010 a new Picture Tools ribbon tab becomes available. The Crop tool is in the Crop group on the far right of this new tab.
Ribbon Picture Tools Format Tab crop command in Publisher

To crop a picture:

  1. Select the picture to be cropped.
  2. Point to the Picture Tools tab that appears on the ribbon.
  3. Click the Crop button.
  4. Position the cropping handle over an edge or corner.
    Picture with cropping handles
    Cropping handles, showing an edge handle
  5. Do one of the following:
  • To crop one side, drag the center handle on that side.
  • To crop evenly on two sides at once, hold down CTRL as you drag a center handle.
  • To crop all four sides simultaneously and maintain the proportions of your picture, hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a corner handle.

     Notes 


    When you release the mouse button, the picture is cropped.
    When you deselect the crop tool the picture will only show your cropped section. However, if you select the picture and click the crop tool again the entire picture will show, with the cropped portion showing clearly and the remainder of the picture as a washed out transparency.

Fit

If your picture is larger or smaller than the picture area Publisher 2010 allows you to quickly resize the picture to fit while maintaining the original aspect ratio.

  1. Select the picture.
  2. Point to the Picture Tools tab that appears on the ribbon.
  3. In the Crop group, click the Fit button.
  1. The picture is resized to fit in the picture area.

     Note    Because the picture maintains its aspect ratio, this may result in outcropping. .

Fill

To quickly fill a picture area while maintaining the original aspect ratio you can use the Fill tool.

  1. Select the picture.
  2. Point to the Picture Tools tab that appears on the ribbon.
  3. In the Crop group, click the Fill button.
  1. The picture is resized to fill the picture area.

     Note    Because the picture maintains its aspect ratio while filling the picture area, any parts of the picture that fall outside the picture area will be cropped.

Pan

While using the crop tool you can move the picture within the cropped picture area to make sure that the picture is centered the way you want.

  1. Select the picture.
  2. Point to the Picture Tools tab that appears on the ribbon.
  3. Click the Crop button.
  4. Position the mouse pointer over the object until the pointer changes to the Move pointer.
  1. Click and drag the picture to position it within the crop handles.

     Note    After you do this, the picture will have focus instead of the cropping frame. To go back to cropping, click on the crop handles again, so that they become the focus.

Rotate

You can also rotate the picture while using the crop tool.

  1. Select the picture.
  2. Point to the Picture Tools tab that appears on the ribbon.
  3. Click the Crop button.
  4. Point to the green rotation handle.
  1. Drag the mouse in the direction you want the object to rotate.

     Note    To rotate in 15-degree increments, hold down SHIFT while dragging the handle.

 
 
Applies to:
Publisher 2010