Picture Tools

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The Picture Tools allow you to apply formatting to pictures on your question slide.

To manage the Picture Tools:

Select a picture on your slide.

  1. Select and open an existing question in your quiz or survey or create a new question.
  2. Click the Slide View from the top ribbon.
  3. Select the Format Tab which appears on the menu with the label Picture Tools.

The Picture Tools are divided into four sections:

  1. Adjust
  2. Picture Styles
  3. Arrange
  4. Size


This section allows you to make adjustments to your pictures, including making changes to the brightness and the contrast of your pictures. The following options are available:

  • Brightness: Increase or decrease the brightness of the picture. Nine settings are available that allow you to lighten or darken your picture as well as a link to other Picture Correction Options within Format Shape dialog.
  • Contrast: Increase or decrease the contrast of the picture. Nine settings are available that allow you to increase or reduce the contrast of your picture as well as a link to other Picture Correction Options within the Format Shape dialog.
  • Recolor: Recolor the picture to give it a stylized effect, such as grayscale or sepia tone. A number of color modes and variations are available. You also have the option to set a transparent color.
    • Click on the Set Transparent Color icon. The cursor changes form.
    • Click on a particular color on your picture.
    • That color becomes transparent in your picture.

    This option can be useful when you want to remove a background color from an object in a picture.

  • Change Picture: Change to a different picture, preserving the formatting and size of the current picture.
  • Reset Picture: Remove all formatting to the picture and return it to its original state when being inserted into the slide.

Picture Styles

  • Preset Styles: A selection of preset Picture Styles is visible. Clicking the arrows to the right allows you to scroll through the preset Picture Styles available. Clicking the bottom arrow brings up all of the styles from which you can choose.
  • Customize Your Styles: You can also customize your Picture Style by selecting one of the three tools to the right of the Picture Styles section:
    1. Picture Shape: Change the shape of the picture, preserving all the formatting. A variety of shapes are available, including callouts.
    2. Picture Border: Specify the color, width, and line style for the outline of the selected picture. Selecting the icon will apply the default color. Clicking the down arrow to the right allows you to define a color to apply as well as the type of border. You can vary the width of your border as well as its nature.
    3. Picture Effects: Apply a visual effect to the selected picture, such as shadow, glow, reflection, or rotation. A number of styles are available for each, and further options are available for defining Shadows.


This section allows you to organize and set the object layers with which your slide will be viewed and the alignment and rotation of objects within your slide. The following options are available:

  • Bring to Front: Bring the selected object in front of all other objects so that no part of it is hidden behind another object. Clicking the right arrow gives the option Bring Forward. This brings the object one layer forward rather than right to the very front.
  • Send to Back: Send the selected object behind all other objects. Clicking the right arrow gives the option Send Backward. This sends the object one layer down rather than straight to the very back.
  • Timeline Pane: Show the Timeline to help select individual objects and to change their order, visibility, and timing.
  • Align: Align the edges of multiple selected objects. You can also center them or distribute them evenly across the slide.
  • Rotate: Rotate or flip the selected object. Under the rotate menu is the option to select More Rotation Options. See below for more details on this dialog.


This section allows you to add a zoom option, crop your picture, as well as to define the width and height (in pixels) of your shape or text box.

  • Zoom Picture: Allow user to zoom picture, if picture is smaller than original. This feature allows you to place a zoom button on your slide if you want the student to be able to zoom the picture while they are taking the quiz. First select the picture and then click on Zoom Picture. A magnifying glass symbol indicating that a zoom is possible is placed on the slide next to the picture.
  • Crop: Crop the picture to remove any unwanted parts.
  • Width and Height: You can input the size in pixels directly or use the arrows to reach the desired values. Clicking the small arrow at the bottom right of the Size section brings up the Size and Position dialog box. The Size and Position dialog includes the following options:
    • Size
      • Size and rotate (height, width, rotation)
      • Scale (height, width, lock aspect ratio)
      • Crop from (left, right, top, bottom)
      • Original Size (height and width in pixels)
      • Reset button
    • Position
      • Position on slide (horizontal from, vertical from)