Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply preset Picture Styles to your pictures in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Similar to how you apply
to your shapes on your slide, PowerPoint enables you to apply Picture Styles to your
With a single click, Picture Styles can transform a simple looking picture to something that's more
highlighted and distinct. Note that unlike Shape Styles, Picture Styles are not
Theme specific. They just transform your
picture to make it look stylish by applying a border, or 3-D effect, or by changing the
frame shape, etc.
Follow these steps to apply Picture Style presets to selected pictures in PowerPoint 2013:
- Open your presentation and select the picture that you want to apply the style to. You can also
select more than one picture on a single slide.
Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, 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 picture and select it.
- This brings up the Picture Tools Format tab on the
(highlighted in red within Figure 1) --
make sure that this contextual tab is activated. Within the Picture Tools Format
tab locate the Pictures Styles group and click the down arrow
(More button) that you can see highlighted in blue
within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Picture Styles group
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.
- This brings up the Picture Styles drop-down gallery that you
can see in Figure 2. This gallery displays a collection of preset
Picture Styles that are ready to use.
Figure 2: Picture Styles drop-down gallery
- Now hover the cursor over any of the style previews in the gallery -- as you move
over different previews, the selected picture shows you a
of the style applied, as shown in Figure 2 above. Click on the preview
thumbnail within the Picture Styles drop-down gallery to apply the style
to the selected picture.
Tip: Place your picture in an area that is not covered by the Picture Styles drop-down gallery, so you can see the live preview.
- Figure 3 shows the selected picture with a Picture Style applied
(compare with Figure 1).
Figure 3: Picture Style applied to the picture
- Click on the
slide area away from the
picture to deselect it.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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