Crop a picture in Publisher 2007

Although Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 has some basic photo editing capabilities that allow you to crop a picture to a rectangular shape, it is not a photo editing program. However, there are ways to create a nonrectangular picture.

 Note   You cannot crop an AutoShape, WordArt object, or animated GIF (animated GIF: A file that contains a series of Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images that are displayed in rapid sequence by some Web browsers to produce an animated effect.) in your publication. To crop an animated GIF, use an animated GIF editing program, and then insert the file again.

What do you want to do?


Crop a picture to a rectangular shape

  1. Select the picture.

When you select a picture, the Picture toolbar appears.

Picture toolbar

  1. On the Picture toolbar, click Crop Button image.
  2. Position the cropping handle over an edge or corner.

Cropping Handle

Callout 1 Cropping handle

  1. 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.

 Note   When you release the mouse button, the picture is cropped.

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Crop a picture to a nonrectangular shape

To crop a picture to a nonrectangular shape such as a star or circle, you have to do one of the following:

  • Insert a picture into a shape, such as a circle. Find links to more information about inserting a picture into a shape in the See also section.
  • Use the photo editing features in Office Publisher 2007 with Digital Imaging, Microsoft Digital Image Pro, or another photo editing program, and then insert the cropped pictures into a publication. Be sure to check the Help in your photo editing program for more information about how to crop a picture.

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