Crop Pictures (Crop to Shape) in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to crop pictures using Crop to Shape option in PowerPoint 2013.
Author : Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
While you can do conventional
PowerPoint 2013, you can also opt to forego the typical rectangular constraints, and use another shape to crop instead. This tutorial explains the
Crop to Shape option that lets you choose non-rectangular cropping shapes for your
pictures -- the results tend to look like a picture has been contained within a shape.
Figure 1 below shows a conventional rectangular picture towards the left. The other two pictures have been created using the Crop to Shape option that you will
explore in this tutorial.
Figure 1: Picture cropped using the Crop to Shape option
Follow these steps to learn how to crop a picture using the Crop to Shape option:
- Assuming you already have a
picture inserted on
your slide - select the picture to bring up the Picture Tools Format tab
(highlighted in red within Figure 2) of the
Ribbon. Activate this contextual
tab by clicking on it -- and click the down- arrow below the Crop button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 2: Crop to Shape option within the Crop drop-down gallery
- This opens the Crop drop-down gallery. Click the Crop to Shape
option (highlighted in green within Figure 2, above) to
open the Crop to Shape sub-gallery, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Crop to Shape sub-gallery
- Within the Crop to Shape sub-gallery, select any shape from various categories --
click on any shape variant of
your choice. In Figure 4, you can see that the Diamond shape option
within the Basic Shapes category is selected.
Figure 4: Shape chosen for the selected picture
Tip: The Crop to Shape gallery you see in Figure 4 is identical to PowerPoint's Shapes gallery.
This will crop the selected picture into the shape you have chosen. Once you are done, just click away from the selected shape to deselect it. In Figure 5 you can see that the selected picture has been cropped within a Diamond shape.
Figure 5: Picture cropped into a diamond shape
Note: When Crop to Shape option is applied to a picture, it automatically trims the picture contents to fill the geometry of the shape and the picture proportion is maintained.
- Save your presentation.
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