How to Add a Drop Shadow to a Picture in Word 2010

Adding an image to a Word 2010 document can make for a nice visual change from the typical black text on white background that readers are used to. Additionally, images can often provide helpful information about a topic that you may not be able to accurately convey in words. But sometimes the simple act of adding a picture, with its’ default settings, may not be enough. Depending upon your needs for a document, there can be more to be gained if you can style the image a little bit to make it seem more professional. But the trick with doing this is to add to the image without taking away from the contents of the image. One way to do this is by adding a drop shadow to a picture in Word 2010. This effect gives the image some depth and makes it seem a little more finished than an image that does not include a drop shadow.

 

Add a Shadow Around an Image in Word 2010

 

If you have ever seen a picture on a document with a shadow around part of the image, then you have seen a drop shadow. This is a popular effect in image editing programs as well as word processing programs, because it adds some depth and style to an image without requiring any actual image editing. Adding a drop shadow to an image in Word 2010 is actually a simple process, and you can do it with any image that you can insert into your documents.

 

Step 1: Open the document with the image to which you wish to add a drop shadow.

Step 2: Scroll to the page containing the image, then click it once to select it.

Step 3: Click the Picture Tools – Format tab at the top of the window. Note that this tab is not visible until the image in the document has been selected.

word 2010 picture tools format tab

 

Step 4: Click the Picture Effects drop-down menu in the Picture Styles section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

how to add a drop shadow to a picture in word 2010

 

Step 5: Click the Shadow option, then choose the type of shadow that you want to apply to the image. There are many options available, and you can hover over an option to see how your image will look with that shadow applied.

word 2010 picture shadow options

 

If the best option you find is not exactly right for your needs, you can click the Shadow Options button at the bottom of the Shadow menu. You can use the options on the Shadow Options window to configure every aspect of the drop shadow until you are happy with the appearance.

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