Article ID: 169938
Microsoft Photo Editor ships with Microsoft Office 97 and the stand-alone versions of Microsoft Word 97 and Microsoft PowerPoint 97. Microsoft Photo Editor is installed when you perform a custom or complete installation from the compact disc. It does not ship with the stand-alone versions of Microsoft Excel 97, Microsoft Access 97, or as part of the Microsoft Office 97 ValuPack.
Microsoft Photo Editor allows you to customize graphic images you create, scan, or open.
Files Installed by Microsoft Photo EditorThe following files are installed in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\PhotoEd folder:
File Name Size Date Time -------------------------------------------- Chalkcha.dll 80KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Emboss.dll 77KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Graphicp.dll 77KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Mscreate.dir 0KB 11/23/96 12:14 PM Notepape.dll 78KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Photoed.cnt 5KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Photoed.exe 786KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Photoed.hlp 92KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Photoed.srg 10KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Stainedg.dll 90KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Stamp.dll 77KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Texturiz.dll 157KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM Watercol.dll 85.KB 11/17/96 12:00 AM
Starting Microsoft Photo EditorYou can run Microsoft Photo Editor using one of the following methods:
Method 1. Run Microsoft Photo Editor as a stand-alone program.
To run Microsoft Photo Editor as a stand-alone program, point to Programs on the Start menu, and then click Microsoft Photo Editor.
Method 2. Run Microsoft Photo Editor from any program that supports OLE.
If you installed Microsoft Word, you can insert files from a scanner, the clipboard, or a blank picture or you can open an existing file using the following steps:
Quitting Microsoft Photo EditorTo quit Microsoft Photo Editor, use either of the following methods:
Creating a New Image
Opening an Existing Image
Previewing an Image Before Opening It
Creating a New Image with a Colored Background
Changing Resolution and Orientation Settings for a Kodak Photo CD Image
Scanning an Image with Microsoft Photo Editor
Selecting a Scanner
Using the Optimum Scanning ResolutionUse the optimum scanning resolution to keep images from getting unnecessarily large. Do this by matching the scanning resolution to the capacity of the output device. If an image has more resolution than a printer can print, the printer simply ignores the excess. The best scanning resolution is equal to two times the number of lines per inch (lpi) of the printer. The following table will help you select the optimum scanning resolution.
NOTE: The figures for scanning dots per inch (dpi) are the most common for that kind of device. Check the user's manual for your printer or monitor if you want to determine the output lpi and scanning dpi more precisely.
Output device Output dpi Output lpi Scanning dpi ------------------------------------------------------------ Monitor 96 na 96 Laser printer 300 55-65 120 Laser printer 600 65-85 150 Ink-jet printer 300 50-60 110 Dye sub printer 300 55-70 125 Imagesetter 1250+ 120-150 300
Saving a New Image
Saving an Existing ImageOn the File menu, click Save or Save As.
Setting the Quality Factor for a JPEG Image
Rotating an Image
Zooming In or Out of an ImageYou can change the magnification using either of the following methods:
Smudging Part of an ImageThe Smudge Brush smears or blends adjacent colors when you drag the brush across the image.
Sharpening Part of an ImageThe Sharpen Brush increases the difference between adjacent gray values when you drag the brush across the image.
Creating Transparent Areas in an ImageYou can use transparent areas to integrate an image into your document, presentation, or Web page. For instance, if you have an image of a person with a plain background, such as the sky or a wall, you can make the background color transparent. When the image is printed in a Word document, the background is the color of the paper. In a PowerPoint presentation or Web page, the transparent area uses the color of the background.
Adjusting the Brightness, Contrast, and Gamma of an ImageThe Brightness control changes the amount of white in all colors and shades of gray.
To Select All or Part of an Image
Resizing a Selection
Copying All or Part of an Image
Moving and Pasting a Selection Within the Same Image
Moving All or Part of an Image to a Different Image or File
Erasing All or Part of an Image
Canceling or Removing a SelectionTo cancel an active selection, press the ESC button on your keyboard.
To cancel an existing selection and make a new one, draw a box over the new area you want to select.
NOTE: You must draw the boundary for the selection outside of the existing selection.
To remove a selection you just pasted, click the Undo button on the Standard toolbar.
Using Undo or Redo for the Last Action
Using Undo to Restore Multiple ChangesTo restore all the changes you made to an image since the last time you saved it, click Revert on the File menu.
Adjusting the Image Quality AutomaticallyTo automatically adjust the brightness and contrast levels of an image, click AutoBalance on the Image menu.
Resizing an Image
Cropping an Image
Changing the File Format of an Image
Changing the File Properties
Changing the Resolution of an Image
Apply Artistic EffectsThe artistic effects commands are located below the separator line on the Effects menu.
Applying Special EffectsThe special effects commands are located above the separator line on the Effects menu.
Printing an ImageIf you don't need to change the printer settings, click the Print button on the Standard toolbar.
If you need to change the printer settings, click Print on the File menu, and then do any of the following:
Sending an Image by E-mailYou can send an image as an e-mail attachment, using the following steps:
Action Shortcut ------ -------- Create a new image CTRL+N Open an existing image CTRL+O Save an image CTRL+S Revert to the original settings CTRL+R Print an image CTRL+P Cut a selection to the Clipboard CTRL+X Copy a selection to the Clipboard CTRL+C Paste the Clipboard contents CTRL+V Select all CTRL+A Undo the previous action CTRL+Z Redo the previous undo CTRL+Y Help F1
Compression OptionsJPEG. Reduces the number of bits in the image by eliminating repetitive image data or image data that is hard to see. JPEG can achieve much greater compression than other methods, but the results may not be fully reversible. At higher compression ratios (greater than 20:1), JPEG degrades the quality of the image. JPEG is available only for true color images.
LZW (Lempel-Zif compression). Translates common patterns in an image into short codes. LZW is best at preserving all the image data and achieving good compression, but it does not achieve the high compression ratios that JPEG does. LZW is available for monochrome, grayscale, palette, and true color images. GIF and interlaced GIF use LZW compression.
LZW and Differencing. Compresses the differences between adjacent pixels instead of the actual value of the distance between them. Differencing enhances LZW compression. LZW and Differencing is available for grayscale, palette, and true color images.
RLE (Run Length Encoding). Associates a count with a pixel value. For example, a line of 250 blue pixels is encoded by the number 250, followed by the numerical value for blue. RLE gives good compression ratios for images that have large blocks of constant color. RLE is available for monochrome images as well as palette and true color Windows Bitmap (*.bmp) images.
CCITT Group 3 and Group 4. Uses modified Huffman encoding, in which pixels are compressed based on a table of patterns that represents the typical patterns in an image. These are facsimile-compatible compression routines. CCITT is available for monochrome images only. CCITT Group 3 provides good results with text but poor results with images. CCITT Group 4 compresses an image in two dimensions and usually produces a higher compression ratio than Group 3. Many programs support Group 3 but not Group 4.
Saving Transparency in an ImageMicrosoft Photo Editor supports three file formats that save transparency: CompuServ GIF (GIF), Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), and Portable Network Graphics (PNG). Transparency in an image is saved in two ways: as a transparent color or in an alpha channel.
GIF saves images as monochrome (line art) or 8-bit (grayscale or 256-color) images. GIF saves all transparency values by substituting a transparent color in place of the designated color. If you are concerned about loss of image data, use TIFF or PNG to save your image. If you prefer GIF and want to preserve all the image data, save a copy of your image in another format before saving transparency conversions in GIF.
TIFF saves images as monochrome, 8-bit, or 24-bit (true color) images. In 24-bit images, TIFF saves transparency in an alpha channel. For monochrome and 8-bit TIFF images, however, Microsoft Photo Editor does not save transparency.
PNG saves images as 8-bit or 24-bit images. In 24-bit images, PNG saves transparency in an alpha channel. In 8-bit images, PNG substitutes a transparent color on the palette.
For additional information about Microsoft Photo Editor, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/165812/EN-US/ )OFF97: Photo Editor Is Not Installed by the ValuPack
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/165696/EN-US/ )OFF97: How to Configure Setup.stf to Exclude Photo Editor
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/162380/EN-US/ )OFF97: Setup Performs Typical Installation by Default
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/157196/EN-US/ )OFF97: Photo Editor Opens First Image in Multifile Selection
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/163305/EN-US/ )WD97: Not Enough Memory with Effect Preview in Photo Editor
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/169059/EN-US/ )PE:97: Photo Editor Cannot Open Shortcut When Dragged
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/166339/EN-US/ )WD97: Opening a JPEG File in Photo Editor Causes an Error
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/93359/EN-US/ )Word for Windows Does Not Support TWAIN Protocol
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/163458/EN-US/ )WD97: Err Msg: 'Unable to Open Selected TWAIN Source' in Word 97
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/165079/EN-US/ )WD97: 'From Scanner' Missing from Insert Picture Menu
Article ID: 169938 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
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