Add Picture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add a picture fill to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Picture fills may appear convincing or confusing -- well it all depends upon the type of picture you use for the fill. Do remember that using a detailed or crowded picture as a fill for a small shape will get you no awards for slide design! It's best to use pictures that have one focussed object or are subtle in nature for this purpose. Any shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2013 can be provided with a picture fill in the same way as you add or change solid fills or gradient fills.
Scroll down this page to see a sample presentation that contains shapes with picture fills. Then follow these steps to change or apply a picture fill to a shape:
Open your presentation and select the shape that you want to format.
Alternatively, if you want to start from scratch, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- you can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank. Then, insert a shape and select it.
- We selected a Heart shape, as shown in Figure 1.
Selecting the shape brings up the Drawing Tools Format tab in the
shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 1: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the
Shape Fill button (highlighted in red
within Figure 2). This bring up the Shape Fill
drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2. From the
Shape Fill drop-down gallery, choose the Picture
option highlighted in blue within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Shape Fill drop-down gallery
- This bring up the Insert Pictures dialog box, as shown in
Figure 3. Within this dialog box you'll find options to
picture from a file (highlighted in red within
Figure 3) and
online pictures (highlighted in blue within
Figure 3). For this tutorial we used the From a file
Figure 3: Insert Pictures dialog box
- Click the Browse hyperlink within the
Insert Pictures dialog box (within red
highlighted area within Figure 3). This opens the
Insert Picture dialog box as shown in Figure 4. Navigate
to where you have saved pictures to be used as fills.
Figure 4: Insert Picture dialog box
- Select the picture and click the Insert button, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 4, above.
Note: You can also choose the Link option -- this option is available when you click the down arrow next to the Insert button, as shown in Figure 5, below. To learn more about the difference between various Insert options, refer to our Insert and/or Link Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
Figure 5: Do you want to link rather than insert a picture?
- Whichever option you choose, the result will be that the picture will form
a fill for the selected shape, as shown in Figure 6, below
(compare with Figure 1, earlier on this page).
Figure 6: Shape with picture fill
- Remember to save your presentation often.
Sample Presentation of Picture Fill in Shape.
Click above to view this presentation on SlideShare
Click above to view this presentation on YouTube
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