How to create an out of bound effect in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 365
To create really impressive presentation, it is necessary to make some visual effects: highlight several words in the text, items, shapes, etc. If there are pictures in a slide, it can be useful to add some effects to it. One of the interesting effects is the effect named out-of-bound:
Out-of-bound effect in PowerPoint 365

The main feature of this effect is to position the same picture into different frames.

To create a picture like one above, do the following:

1. Create a rectangle shape as a base

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 365

    1.2.    In the Shapes drop-down list, in the Rectangles group, select Rectangle:

Rectangle shape in PowerPoint 365

2. Add a picture to the base shape

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

Format shape in popup menu PowerPoint 365

    2.2.    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 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

PowerPoint shows a picture inside the shape:

Shape with picture in PowerPoint 365

3. Duplicate the base shape for the second frame

4. Create the first frame for the out-of-bound effect

    4.1.    Add any shape to the slide or create a custom shape.

You can use any standard shape, combination of some shapes or create your own custom shape (see How to create a custom shape).

In this example was used the shape Explosion: 14 Points from the Stars and Banners group:

Stars and Banners shape group in PowerPoint 365

The shapes were rotated and positioned as one big explosion:

Big explosion Shape in PowerPoint 365

To combine several shapes, see How to combine shapes to create a custom shape.

Note: For the future steps we recommend leave only border lines for the new shape: on the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Fill section, choose No fill.

    4.2.    Position the first shape in the front of the shape with picture as you prefer.

For this example:

Shapes with picture in PowerPoint 365

    4.3.    Select both shapes and group them by doing one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, select the Arrange drop-down list, then click the Group command:
    Group shapes in PowerPoint 365
  • On the Shape Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the Group command:
    Shape Format group in PowerPoint 365
  • Right-click one of the objects and choose Group -> Group from the popup menu:
    Popup group shapes in PowerPoint for Microsoft 365

PowerPoint puts a single box around the shapes instead of a separate box around each object.

    4.4.    Select the base shape in the group and on the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Fill section, choose No Fill:

The first shape in PowerPoint 365

5. Create the second frame for the picture

    5.1.    Add the second shape to the slide.

It should be smaller than the first one in some sides. In this example was used the standard shape Rectangle from the Rectangles group.

    5.2.    Position the second shape in the front of the shape with picture as you prefer.

For this example:

The second shape in PowerPoint 365

    5.3.    Select both shapes and group them.

    5.4.    Select the base shape in the group and on the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Fill section, choose No Fill.

    5.5.    Add any artistic effect to the group, for example:

    A.    On the Picture Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Artistic Effects:

Artistic Effects in PowerPoint 365

Select the effect you like from the Artistic Effects drop-down list. For example, the Photocopy effect:

Photocopy effect in PowerPoint 365

    B.    On the Picture Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Color:

Color in PowerPoint 365

Under Recolor, select the color you like or create your own by clicking More Variations:

Recolor picture in PowerPoint 365

6. Create an out-of-bound effect

Select both frames and position them to create the out-of-bound effect. We recommend group both frames.

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