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Advanced Picture Fill Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Explore advanced picture fill options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






After you apply a picture fill for a shape, you can explore options for transparency, tiling, etc. in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. These extra options can help if you want your picture fill to stand apart and look out of the ordinary.

Before you start, we assume you already have a shape filled with a picture. Thereafter, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click (or Ctrl+click) any shape with a picture fill, and choose the Format Picture option from the contextual menu, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Format Picture option
    Figure 1: Format Picture option
  3. This opens the Format Picture Task Pane as shown in Figure 2. Within this Task Pane choose the Fill & Line tab, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  4. Fill & Line tab within Format Picture task pane
    Figure 2: Fill & Line tab within Format Picture Task Pane
  5. Then, expand the Fill section by clicking the Fill button, highlighted in blue within Figure 3. Make sure that the Picture or texture fill radio button is selected (highlighted in red within Figure 3). You can now see all the advanced options for picture fills, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  6. Advanced picture fill options
    Figure 3: Advanced picture fill options
  7. All of the Advanced picture fill options are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above:
  8. A. Insert picture from

  9. You can access pictures from different sources to insert as fills. This is helpful if you want to change the picture already used as shape fill:
  10. File

  11. Click this button to open the Insert Picture dialog box. Within the Insert Picture dialog box, navigate to the folder where the picture to be used as your shape fill is located. Select it, and click the Insert button. To learn more, read our Insert Picture in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial.
  12. Clipboard

  13. This option fills the shape with the content on the Clipboard. If no picture is copied to the Clipboard, this button will be grayed out.
  14. B. Texture

  15. This option allows you to insert a texture as shape fill. Click the down-arrow located in this area to bring up the Texture drop-down gallery, and then choose from any of ready-made textures to change shape fill. Learn more in our Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial.
  16. C. Transparency

  17. Use the slider to reduce (or increase) the transparency of the shape's picture fill. Figure 4, below shows a picture fill after the transparency was changed to 65%.
  18. Transparency applied to a picture fill
    Figure 4: Transparency applied to a picture fill
  19. D. Tile picture as texture

  20. When deselected, this check-box ensures that your selected picture is used as a picture fill (full expanse) rather than a texture. If this check-box is selected it brings up the Stretch options that let you to further edit the picture fill. We explain this option in our Tiling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial.
  21. E. Offsets

  22. There are four offset adjustments (left, right, top, and bottom) in percentage values that enable you to adjust the picture edges along the shape edges. Tweak as required. If you don't like the results, you can set all these offset values back to their default 0%.
  23. F. Rotate with shape

  24. By selecting this check-box you set the picture fill to rotate in sync with the shape's rotation value. Figure 5 shows three shapes: the first shape is the original shape, and the second and third shapes are rotated copies of the same shape. The second shape is set to rotate with the picture fill, whereas the third shape is not set to do so (compare with first shape).
  25. Selecting the Rotate with shape check-box effects the picture fill while rotating shapes
    Figure 5: Selecting the Rotate with shape check-box effects the picture fill while rotating shapes
  26. Play around with the advanced picture fill options, and once you are happy with the outcome, make sure you save your presentation.

See Also:

Advanced Picture Fill Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Advanced Picture Fill Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Advanced Picture Fill Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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