How to create letters with pictures in PowerPoint slides

PowerPoint 2016
Sometimes you would like to add big letters to your slide to pay attention to your logo, motto, etc. You would like to add a picture with some exciting design like a letter.
This tip is about creating a picture with the form of the letter.
Letter S in PowerPoint 365
Letter O in PowerPoint 365

To create a picture like this, you need two simple steps:

   1.   Create a shape from a letter.

   2.   Add a picture to the shape.

To create a shape from a letter, do the following:

   1.   Add any shape to the slide, for example, a rectangle:

   1.1.   On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, select Shapes:

Shapes in PowerPoint 365

   1.2.   In the Shapes list, from the Rectangles group, select and add to the slide the Rectangle shape:

Rectangle shapes in PowerPoint 365

   2.   Add the letter you would like to use in front of the shape, for example:

Letter on the shape in PowerPoint 365

   3.   Select the shape and the letter and then on the Shape Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, choose the Merge Shapes dropdown list and then select Intersect:

Intersect shapes in PowerPoint 365

You will see the new shape from the letter (see some additional steps at the bottom of this tip for letter O or How to make modern picture design in PowerPoint slide):

Shape Letter in PowerPoint 365

   4.   Right-click on the shape and then choose Format Shape... in the popup menu:

Format shape in popup in PowerPoint 365

   5.   On the Format Shape pane, in the Shape Options tab:

  • In the Fill section:
    • Choose Picture or texture fill,
    • Click on the Insert... button:
      Insert file in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 365
    • In the Insert Pictures dialog box, choose the picture location, select the picture file, and then click Open or Insert:
    Insert picture in PowerPoint 365
  • In the Line section, select No line:
    Line in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 365

Add any other adjustments you would like.

Note: Sometimes, you need to take additional steps after creating a simple shape from a letter to see a more interesting shape:

After step 3, you will see a very think shape (here was used font Papyrus), do the following:

Shape Letter O in PowerPoint 365

   a.   Just duplicate this shape, make it smaller, and add a new oval shape between them:

Shape Bold Letter O in PowerPoint 365

   b.   Group them (see How to make modern picture design in PowerPoint slide).

See also this tip in French: Comment créer des lettres avec des images dans des diapositives.

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