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Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to apply preset Picture Styles to your pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






Similar to Shape Styles for the shapes on your slide, PowerPoint also provides Picture Styles for your inserted pictures. With a single click, Picture Styles can transform a simple looking picture to something that's more 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 2016:

  1. 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, insert a picture on any slide and select it.
  2. This brings up the Picture Tools Format tab on the Ribbon highlighted in red within Figure 1); click on this tab to activate it. Within this 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.

    Picture Styles group
    Figure 1: Picture Styles group

    Note: The Picture Tools Format tab is a contextual tab. 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.
  3. 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.

    Picture Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Picture Styles drop-down gallery
  4. 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 live preview 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.
  5. Figure 3 shows the selected picture with a Picture Style applied (compare with Figure 1).

    Picture Style applied to the picture
    Figure 3: Picture Style applied to the picture
  6. Click on the Slide Area away from the picture to deselect it.
  7. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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