How to create letters with pictures in PowerPoint slides

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

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, rectangle:

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

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

Rectangle shapes in PowerPoint 2016

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

Letter on the shape in PowerPoint 2016

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

Intersect shapes in PowerPoint 2016

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

Shape Letter in PowerPoint 2016

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

Format Shape in popup PowerPoint 2016

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

  • In the Fill section:
    • Choose Picture or texture fill,
    • Click on the File... button and then choose the picture you prefer:
    Insert file in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 2016
  • In the Line section, select No line:
    Line in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 2016

Add any other adjustments you would like.

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

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

Shape Letter O in PowerPoint 2016

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

Shape Bold Letter O in PowerPoint 2016

   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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