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Crop Picture to Shape in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn to crop pictures using the Crop to Shape option in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. This option allows you to restrain a picture to a shape.

While you can do conventional cropping within PowerPoint 2013 for Windows, you can also opt to forego the typical rectangular constraints, and use another shape to crop instead. This tutorial explains the Crop to Shape option that lets you choose non-rectangular cropping shapes for your pictures. The results tend to look like a picture has been contained within a shape.

Figure 1 below, shows a conventional rectangular picture towards the left. The other two pictures have been created using the Crop to Shape option that you will explore in this tutorial.


Figure 1: Picture cropped using the Crop to Shape option

Follow these steps to learn how to crop a picture using the Crop to Shape option:

  1. Assuming you already have a picture inserted on your slide, select the picture to bring up the Picture Tools Format tab (highlighted in red within Figure 2) of the Ribbon. Activate this contextual tab by clicking on it, and click the down-arrow below the Crop button (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).

  2. Figure 2: Crop to Shape option within the Crop drop-down gallery
  3. Note: The Picture Tools Format tab is a Contextual tab. These 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.
  4. This opens the Crop drop-down gallery. Click the Crop to Shape option (highlighted in green within Figure 2, above) to open the Crop to Shape sub-gallery, as shown in Figure 3.

  5. Figure 3: Crop to Shape sub-gallery


  6. Within the Crop to Shape sub-gallery, select any shape from various categories. Click on any shape variant of your choice. In Figure 4, you can see that the Diamond shape option within the Basic Shapes category is selected.

  7. Figure 4: Shape chosen for the selected picture
  8. Tip: The Crop to Shape gallery you see in Figure 4 is identical to PowerPoint's Shapes gallery.
  9. This will crop the selected picture into the shape you have chosen. Once you are done, just click away from the selected shape to deselect it. In Figure 5, you can see that the selected picture has been cropped within a Diamond shape.

  10. Figure 5: Picture cropped into a diamond shape
  11. Note: When Crop to Shape option is applied to a picture, it automatically trims the picture contents to fill the geometry of the shape and the picture proportion is maintained.
  12. Save your presentation.
Note: If you apply the Crop to Shape crop option to a picture used as a shape fill, you will end up changing the original container shape into a new shape.

See Also:

Pictures - Cropping: Crop Picture to Shape (Glossary Page)

Crop Picture to Shape in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
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