PowerPoint takes the Merge Shapes command to a whole new level –
you can merge shapes with other shapes and text, and you can also merge shapes with pictures! First you may wonder what's so awesome about merging
shapes with pictures? But play a bit and you'll realize that this opens up huge possibilities. We will start simple in this tutorial and explore how
you can create cookie cutter shapes with this option.
Follow these steps to learn how you can merge shapes with pictures in PowerPoint 2016:
- Launch PowerPoint 2016. You will see the Presentation Gallery
-- here, select Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new slide. Now change the Slide Layout by selecting the Home tab |
Layout | Two Content option. Figure 1
below shows a slide with the Two Content slide layout applied.
Figure 1: Slide with the Two Content slide layout applied
Note that this layout has three placeholders in all: one title placeholder and two content placeholders.
- Now insert some shapes. We choose the
Round Diagonal Corner Rectangle, and placed three of them right atop the three placeholders (one title placeholder and two content
placeholders). Make sure you resize the shapes as accurately as possible so
that they cover the placeholders, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Shapes placed atop the placeholders
- On the same slide, insert a picture. Make sure it fits within
the slide completely, as shown in Figure 3. You may have to crop your
picture or resize it to make sure it covers the entire
Figure 3: Picture inserted within slide
- Once the picture is placed, reorder the picture by sending it
behind the existing shapes, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Picture sent to back
- Now, select the picture first and then all the three shapes. It's important that you select the picture first -- or else this technique will not
work. Once your selections are done, access the Drawing Tools Format contextual tab of the
Ribbon (highlighted in red within
Figure 5), and click the Merge Shapes button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 5: Merge Shapes button
- This brings up Merge Shapes drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 6. Within the Merge Shapes
drop-down gallery hover the cursor over Combine option to see a
live preview, as shown in Figure 6. Click the
Combine option to create a cookie cutter graphic from the picture.
Figure 6: Combine option to be selected
- Type your title text within the Title placeholder, and then you can insert anything within the two Content placeholders, including text. We
inserted a Table and a Chart in the two placeholders, as shown in Figure 7. Note that when you insert any slide object within the
placeholder you may have to reorder it and send it backwards so that the cutout picture stays on top.
Figure 7: Table and Chart inserted within the slide
- Make sure you save your presentation often.
See Also: Merge Shapes with Pictures in
PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
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