How to make modern picture design in PowerPoint slide

  • PowerPoint
  • 2016
There are some pre-defined designs in PowerPoint and a lot of templates you can find on the Internet, but always more interesting and effective to create your own design.
This tip is about some tricks for creating some unique design for pictures.
Modern picture design in PowerPoint 2016

See also How to create simple picture designs for PowerPoint slides.

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

    1.    Create shapes for your picture:

    1.1.    To create the left shape, you can add two shapes in the slide – rectangle and triangle:

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

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

Rectangles shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    1.1.3.    In the Shapes list, from the Basic Shapes group, select and add to the slide the Right Triangle shape:

Right triangle shape in PowerPoint 2016

    1.2.    To create the central or right shape, you can add parallelogram shape and then flip it vertical:

    1.2.1.    In the Shapes list, from the Basic Shapes group, select and add to the slide the Parallelogram shape:

Parallelogram shape in PowerPoint 2016

    1.2.2.    To flip selected shape, do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, select the Arrange dropdown list:
    Arrange list in PowerPoint 2016

    Choose the Rotate list and then click Flip Vertical:

    Flip Vertical in PowerPoint 2016
  • Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, choose the Rotate dropdown list, and then click Flip Vertical:
    Flip Vertical in Drawing Tools PowerPoint 2016

After flipping the shapes, modify them like you want:

Selected 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 every of these objects.

    2.2.    Do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, select the Arrange drop-down list, and then click the Group command:
    Arrange Group 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:

Grouped shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    Right-click on the grouped shapes 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:
    Format Shape - Fill tab in PowerPoint 2016
  • In the Line section, select No line:
    Format Shape - Line tab in PowerPoint 2016

Add any other adjustments you would like.

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