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Put Your Image In A Star in PowerPoint

Easily place your image within a star or another shape in PowerPoint.


Product/Version: PowerPoint

Inserting an image within a star shaped (or any other shape) frame in PowerPoint is easy. Here's how you do it.

  1. Create a new presentation (Ctrl + N) and insert a blank slide. Or insert a blank slide in an existing presentation. If the Draw toolbar is not visible, you'll have to choose the View | Toolbar | Drawing option (see Figure 1).

    Drawing Toolbar option
    Figure 1: Drawing Toolbar option
  2. Click the AutoShapes icon on PowerPoint's Draw toolbar (see Figure 2). This will open a flyout menu with different AutoShape categories. Choose the Stars and Banners menu and choose any of the four star styles in the top row. And yes, don't bother too much about which star style would be appropriate for your image since you can always change the AutoShape later.

    Choose Stars and Banners
    Figure 2: Choose Stars and Banners
  3. Draw a star on the slide (see Figure 3). Select the star, right click and choose Format | AutoShape option.

    Bring up Format AutoShape
    Figure 3: Bring up Format AutoShape
  4. In the resultant dialog box (see Figure 4), click the drop-down arrow next to the Color option and choose Fill Effects from the drop down menu, as shown in Figure 4. This action will open the Fill Effects dialog box.

    Access Fill Effects
    Figure 4: Access Fill Effects
  5. Choose the Picture tab of the Fill Effects dialog box and click the Select Picture button, as shown in Figure 5, to navigate to any chosen picture on your hard disk or network. Click OK on two successive dialog boxes when done.

    Select Pictures
    Figure 5: Select Pictures
  6. Congratulations! You now have inserted a picture within an AutoShape (see Figure 6). You can use the same procedure to change the picture or fill in an existing AutoShape.

    Change the Picture to Shape
    Figure 6: Change the Picture to Shape


Changing The AutoShape

You might want an 8 pointed star rather than a 5 pointed star - or you might want no star at all and choose a conventional square or circle. If you already have a picture fill in an AutoShape, you can change the AutoShape without the fill being effected at all:

  1. Select your AutoShape option.
  2. In the Draw toolbar, choose the Draw | Change AutoShape option, and then choose your AutoShape category and shape as shown in Figure 7.

Changing the AutoShape
Figure 7: Changing the AutoShape


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