While you can conventionally crop pictures in
PowerPoint to a rectangular constraint, you can also opt to 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 contained within a shape.
Figure 1 below shows a conventional rectangular picture towards the left.
The other two variations 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 in
- Figure 1, below shows a
picture inserted on your slide.
Figure 2: Crop to Shape option within the Crop drop-down gallery
Select the picture to bring up the Picture Tools Format tab
(highlighted in red within Figure 3) of the
Ribbon. Activate this contextual tab by clicking on it; and
then click the down- arrow below the Crop button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 3). This opens the Crop drop-down gallery.
Figure 3: Crop to Shape option within the Crop drop-down gallery
Within the Crop drop-down gallery, click the Crop to Shape option (highlighted in
green within Figure 3, above) to open the Crop to Shape sub-gallery, as
shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: 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 5, you
can see that the Double Wave shape type is being selected (highlighted in red within
Figure 5: Shape chosen to crop the selected picture
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 6 you can see that the selected picture has been cropped within a Double Wave shape. Compare
Figures 2 and 6 to see the difference.
Figure 6: Picture cropped into a shape
The Crop to Shape
option automatically trims the picture content to fill the geometry of the shape, while maintaining the picture proportions. You can also apply the Crop to Shape option to a
picture used as a shape fill
; in that case, you will end up changing the original shape into a new shape.
- Save your presentation.
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