Applying Filters to Pictures in Office 2011 for Mac

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Available as part of the Format Picture tab, the Filters palette on the Office 2011 for Mac Ribbon has a variety of special effects from which to choose. Filters can make your picture look more like a sketch, drawing or painting.

In Word and PowerPoint, you have to double-click a picture or click the Format Picture tab in the Ribbon to display the tab’s controls. Excel displays the Format Picture controls automatically when you select a picture. If you click anything that’s not a picture, the Format Picture tab disappears. To get the Format Picture tab back, all you have to do is select a picture and click the tab, or double-click a picture.

Select a picture and click the Filters button on the Format Picture tab of the Ribbon to bring up the Filters gallery.

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Each of the small thumbnail previews in this gallery actually shows previews of the various filters. Click any of these thumbnails to apply the filter on your selected picture.

If you choose the Artistic Filter Options at the bottom of the gallery, you display the Artistic Filters tab of the Format Picture dialog. You can then choose a filter from the Artistic Filters pop-up menu. Each filter comes with slider and spinner controls. Depending on your computer’s speed, some of the effects may take up to several minutes to process.

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