How to Put Photoshop Files in Word


Files created in Adobe Photoshop can be added to Word documents as images. The files can be added to many different types of Word projects, such as brochures, booklets, newsletters, classroom documents or saved as a web page. In order to put Photoshop files into a Microsoft Word document, the files need to be converted to .GIF or .JPEG files first. After they are converted, they can be inserted into the Word document as an image and formatted for position and size.

  • Open the file in Adobe Photoshop. Click “File” and choose “Save as.” Choose “JPEG” or “GIF” from the format pull-down menu. (Please see the Tip section if you have questions on what type of file format is best for you.) Choose a location on your hard drive to save the file and click “Save.” Close Photoshop.

  • Open a document in Microsoft Word. Click “Insert” on the menu bar and locate the file that you just saved. Click on it and select “Insert.” The image will appear in the Word document. Double-click on the image to open the picture formatting tools.

  • Click “Position” and select one of the word wrapping options if you also have text on the page. These options will allow you to place the picture anywhere on the page without blocking any of the text.

  • Left-click in the middle of the picture to readjust its position if you don't need to use word wrap. The mouse pointer will turn into a four-way arrow. Left-click and hold to drag the picture into place.

  • Click on one of the picture’s round side anchors to adjust its size. Left-click on the anchor and hold. You can make the picture smaller by dragging the anchor towards the center of the picture. You can make the picture larger by dragging the anchor away from the center of the picture.

  • Click “File” and select “Save” to save the changes you have made to the Word document.

Tips & Warnings

  • JPEG files are larger than GIF files and retain more of the image’s original colors, producing a more realistic image. If the document is going to be printed, converted to a PDF file or viewed solely in MS Word, converting the image to a JPEG file is a good idea. However, because of their size, JPEG images may take longer to load if the document is to be used on the web or sent as an email. In cases like this, converting to a GIF file may be a better idea.
  • To keep an image’s height and width dimensions proportions the same when resizing, only use the corner anchors. This will allow you to make it larger or smaller without distorting the image.

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