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Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to apply preset Picture Styles to your pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: May 8th 2012
Last Updated: May 8th 2012

PowerPoint's adjust picture options enable you to customize inserted pictures in your slides in many ways. Additionally, PowerPoint also provides you with a collection of preset Picture Styles, which can be directly applied to any selected picture. Picture Styles are somewhat similar to the Shape Styles since they take just a single click to provide the selected picture with a great look -- but, that's where the similarity ends. Because, the Picture Styles are not Theme specific. They just make the picture stylish by applying a border, changing the frame shape, or, by adding some 3-D effects.

Follow these steps to apply Picture Style presets to selected pictures:

  1. Open your presentation and select the picture that you want to apply the style to. You can also select more than one picture on a single slide.

    Alternatively, if you want to start from scratch, launch PowerPoint -- you will see the Presentation Gallery -- click the Cancel button in this gallery to open a blank presentation with a new slide. PowerPoint 2011 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Then, insert a picture and select it.

  2. This brings up the Format Picture tab on the Ribbon (highlighted in red in Figure 1) -- make sure that this contextual tab is activated. Within the Format Picture tab, locate the Picture Styles group and hover the cursor on the Picture Style previews to bring up a downward pointing arrow (More button) that you can see highlighted in blue within Figure 1.

    Picture Styles group within the Format Picture tab
    Figure 1: Picture Styles group within the Format Picture tab

    Note: The Format Picture tab is a contextual tab. These contextual 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.

  3. Click this downward pointing arrow (highlighted in blue in Figure 1, above) to bring up the Picture Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 2. This gallery displays a collection of preset Picture Styles that are ready to use. Just hover the mouse cursor on any of the thumbnail previews to see a tool tip showing the name of that picture style (refer to Figure 2 again).

    Picture Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Picture Styles drop-down gallery

  4. Click on the preview thumbnail to apply it to the selected picture. Figure 3 shows the selected picture with a Picture Style applied (compare with Figure 1).

    Picture Style applied to the picture
    Figure 3: Picture Style applied to the picture

  5. Click on the slide area away from the picture to deselect it. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Picture Styles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Picture Styles in PowerPoint Online


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