This will change your life

Ok so I'm known for gross exaggerations, but still!!! Check out my Monday Made it/Tuesday Tried it/OMG moment of the week.













I've never linked up to either of these parties before - not because I've never made anything, but just because y'all had so much more exciting things that you have made!  And I'm not 100% sure this really is a "Monday Made it" moment, ore even really a "Tuesday Tried it" but I
wanted to share it, because it really is AMAZING.  (cue gross exaggeration hehe)

So a bit of back ground first off.  Here in New Zealand, primary school yearbooks aren't really done everywhere.  They are starting to take off, and many schools have some form of publication.  Last year I started the year book here at my school.  HUGE job say what?!  I have a group of kids that works with me on Wednesday afternoons for an hour, and now they will come and see me at lunch times on Wednesday's too.  Cray cray big job!!
Any way, so I don't have access to any photo editing software or anything!! Like the most high tech stuff I have is paint.  And paint is SOOOO not what it used to be when I was a kid - picasso masterpieces anyone?

Right so I was looking at the pages some of the teachers had created for the book, and someone had managed to created photos that had been cut around the edge of the subject.  Here I was thinking that they had access to photoshop or something!  Turns out NO - they used Word!
Ok so here you are sitting, thinking to yourself "Erin, you're crazy! How did you not know that you could use Word for that?  EVERY one knows that!"  But I didn't - And in case you are as behind the times as I am, here is a tutorial!!

1. Find a photo that you want to edit.

2. Open it in Word (disclaimer, I have not tried this on a Mac, so don't know if it works.  If someone else knows, add a comment below!)

3. Click on the photo and then you will see "Picture Tools"(1).  Click on it.  Then click on "Remove Background" (2).

4.  It will automatically remove the background, but you can play around with it if some of your picture is missing.  Everything that is purple will be removed.


5.  You can now use your picture background free!!!

Wow I honestly have needed to have this kind of editing tool before and never knew it was available to me on WORD!! Seriously, how cool is that?!
THIS YEAR BOOK IS GONNA BE EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Erin

18 comments

  1. I use Word every single day and I had no idea you could do that! That is really cool! Thank you so much for sharing that! I used to help with the yearbook at my old school before it was on the computer. HUGE JOB! Kudos to you for taking on the task.
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so pleased someone could find this helpful!!
      Oh gosh tell me about it! Huge job, but I love it really. It's so exciting seeing it fresh off the printers!
      Thanks for stopping by!!
      Erin

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  2. so fun!!! I had no idea either. thanks for the tip

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    1. I'm so pleased it's helpful!! Thanks for stopping by.

      Erin

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  3. How could I NOT read this post with that title?! AND... you did NOT disappoint! I had no idea about this and cannot wait to try it! Thank you so much! :) Have a great week!
    Carolyn
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

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    1. Haha - exaggerations and all!! Thanks so much! I can't believe I didn't know about it either - I just HAD to share it with everyone.
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week yourself

      Erin

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  4. Erin!! That is amazing!! Looking forward to putting this to good use!

    Heather
    The Land of I Can

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    1. Thanks so much Heather!
      It's such a great tool! I can't believe I didn't know about it.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Erin

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  5. What a cool tip. Your yearbook will certainly be rockin! I'm your newest follower- so intrigued that you are from New Zealand!

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

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    1. Oh gosh I hope! I'm just about to start my class with those kids - they surely do stress me out with their relaxed attitudes! haha. Thanks so much for following!!
      Erin

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  6. I never knew that! I have a Mac at home so now I need to search around to see if I can do that. If not, I can use the computer in my classroom. Great tip!
    -Kate
    Kate's Classroom Cafe

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    1. I have a Mac at home too - I was just too lazy to try it out haha. Maybe I'll give it a go tonight. Thanks for stopping by!
      Erin

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  7. So cute! New to me:). Looking forward to trying it out.

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  8. Actually, I don't usually use Word for pics, but I might now! Thanks!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    1. I didn't either, but do for this now! So easy to do!

      Thanks for stopping by
      Erin

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  9. Wow!! Lately I have given up on Word for the most part because it can be so finicky! I have used it for years and never knew this!! This is amazing. My jaw literally dropped! :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. I hate word too!! I much prefer publisher - but when I found out about this tool I honestly didn't believe it even though I was doing it!! It's great!!!
      My jaw dropped too!! haha
      Thanks for stopping by!!
      Erin

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