Picture Layouts in PowerPoint 2013
Learn about the Picture Layouts option that converts the picture into a SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Pictures have an important role in presentation slides since they add imagination and visualization to your slides. To make pictures more impactful, you can even apply borders and effects to them, and also try some Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is one more option that works in the same way as how you convert text to SmartArt -- this is the Picture Layout option that similarly converts selected pictures into SmartArt. Follow these steps to learn how to apply a Picture Layout in PowerPoint 2013:
- Select the picture (or even multiple pictures on a slide) that you want to apply a Picture Layout to. Alternatively, if you just
want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. You will see the
Presentation Gallery here select the
Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new slide. You can then
change the slide layout to
Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank. Then,
insert a picture and select it, as shown in
Figure 1. As already specified, you can also insert and select multiple pictures on the same slide.
Figure 1: Picture inserted and selected
- This brings up the Picture Tools Format tab (highlighted in red within
Figure 2) on the
Ribbon -- select this tab to access the picture editing
options. Within the Picture Tools Format tab, click the Picture Layout button (highlighted in
blue within Figure 2). This opens the Picture Layout drop-down
gallery as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Picture Layout drop-down gallery
Note: The Picture Tools Format tab is a Contextual tab. These contextual 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 these tabs.
- When you hover your cursor over the Picture Layouts within the Picture Layout drop-down
gallery, you will see a live preview of the Picture
Layouts on your selected picture(s) on the slide, as shown in Figure 3. Click on any Picture Layout to apply it to
the selected picture(s). In Figure 3 you can see the Picture Layout named
Ascending Picture Accent Process (highlighted in red) being clicked upon.
Figure 3: Picture Layout being selected
- This applies the selected Picture Layout to the picture(s) on the slide, as shown in Figure 4 below. Now you can
see that the picture you started with is no more a picture, it has changed into a
SmartArt. You can confirm this by checking within the
Ribbon -- you will see that the Picture Tools tab has been replaced by the
SmartArt Tools tab, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 4: Picture converted into a SmartArt
Note: If you selected multiple pictures, then the result of applying a Picture Layout will be that all your selected pictures will form part of the same SmartArt graphic -- as shown in the sample slide within Figure 5, below.
Figure 5: Multiple pictures converted to SmartArt
- Now, you can continue editing this resulting SmartArt graphic using available
SmartArt editing options.
- Save your presentation often.
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