How to create simple picture designs for PowerPoint slides

PowerPoint 365
There are a lot of different ways to create custom designs for PowerPoint slides. You can use some of the pre-defined designs in MS PowerPoint, or you can download some of the proposed templates from the Internet.
But it is great to create your own unique design. This tip is about some tricks for creating some unique design fast and easily.
Simple picture design in PowerPoint 2016
Other simple picture design in PowerPoint 2016

See also How to make modern picture design in PowerPoint slide.

To create several shapes with one background picture, do the following:

   1.   Add shapes you want to your slide (see How to create a custom shape):

Two triangle shapes in PowerPoint 2016    or    Two shapes in PowerPoint 2016

   2.   To show one picture through all these shapes, just group them:

   2.1.   To group several objects, select them by pressing Ctrl or Shift and clicking each of these objects:

Two triangle shapes selected in PowerPoint 2016    or    Two shapes selected in PowerPoint 2016

   2.2.   Do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, select the Arrange drop-down list:
    Drawing group in PowerPoint 2016

    Then click the Group command:

    Group shapes in PowerPoint 2016
  • Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the Group command:
    Drawing Tools group shapes in PowerPoint 2016
  • Right-click one of the objects and choose Group -> Group from the popup menu:
    Popup group shapes in PowerPoint 2016

PowerPoint puts a single box around the objects instead of a separate box around each object:

Two triangle shapes grouped in PowerPoint 2016    or    Two shapes grouped in PowerPoint 2016

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

Format Shape in popup PowerPoint 2016

   4.   On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group:

  • 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.

See also this tip in French: Comment créer des conceptions d'images simples pour des diapositives PowerPoint.

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