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Picture Fills for Chart Series in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Stack or scale a picture as a fill for your chart series within PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher

Did you happen to see a chart that spoke of fruit exports and each column of the chart was filled with pictures of a particular fruit type rather than the conventional solid color fills or geometric patterns? For instance, if you wanted to show how the export of grapes has increased over the years, your column chart would have all columns filled with pictures of grapes stacked one over the other? The good thing is that PowerPoint 2007 allows you to do just that within your charts -- as long as you know which options you need to change -- and that's explained in this tutorial!

Follow these steps to apply picture fills to chart series:

  1. To add a picture fill to chart series, you must have a chart in your presentation (see a column chart shown in Figure 1). You can learn how to insert a chart in PowerPoint 2007 here.

    Column Chart
    Figure 1: Column Chart
  2. Select the data series, as shown in Figure 2. Alternatively, you can select any chart element from the Chart Tools Layout tab of the Ribbon.

    Selected data series
    Figure 2: Selected data series
  3. Activate the Chart Tools Layout tab of the Ribbon. Towards the extreme left of the Ribbon tab, make sure that you have the correct data series selected -- then click the Format Selection button (see Figure 3).

    Format Selection
    Figure 3: Format Selection
  4. This summons the Format Data Series dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.

    Format Data Series
    Figure 4: Format Data Series
  5. Within the Format Data Series dialog box, select the Fill tab on the left pane. And from the right pane choose Picture or texture fill (see Figure 5).

    Picture or texture fill
    Figure 5: Picture or texture fill
  6. Within the Picture or texture fill option, under Insert from: -- click the File... button (refer to Figure 5 above).
  7. This brings up the Insert Picture window (see Figure 6 ) -- navigate to, and select the picture you want to use, and then click the Insert button.

    Select picture
    Figure 6: Select a picture

    Note: Try and use simple pictures as far as possible with few colors and less detail -- if you choose very detailed pictures with too much color, you might lose the impact of this technique altogether.
  8. As you can see in Figure 5 above, there are several other options available, as explained below:

    • Stretch: This option stretches the picture to fit within the series (see Figure 7).

      Figure 7: Stretch
    • Stack: Creates copies of the picture in a way so they can be placed on top of each other, Figure 8 shows how.

      Figure 8: Stack
    • Stack and scale with units/picture: Here you can insert the numbers of units for per picture (see Figure 9 where we used 2 as the number to stack and scale ).

      Stack and scale with units/picture
      Figure 9: Stack and scale with units/picture
  9. There are some other options also such as stretch offsets were you can set the placing of the picture, apply Transparency, and rotate the picture with the shape.
  10. After making your choice, click Close to get back to the chart.
  11. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Picture Fills for Chart Series in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Picture Fills for Chart Data Series for PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Picture Fills for Chart Data Series for PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

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