How to crop a picture to fit a shape

PowerPoint 365
Numerous books, blogs, and courses recommend using pictures instead of text in the presentation. Slides with pictures, charts, and diagrams can keep the audience focused on what you are talking about instead of diverting the participants' attention to reading the contents of the slides. Often pictures play the role of a distracting or, vice versa, enticing maneuver.

Instead of inserting a picture with a regular rectangle, you can:

  • Crop away parts of the image that you don't want to show on the slide:
    Cropped picture in PowerPoint 365
  • Crop the image to a circle, triangle, arrow, or even a thought bubble:
    Cropped shape in PowerPoint 365
  • Create a shape and fill it with a picture:
    Crop a picture to shape in PowerPoint 365  or   Crop a picture to shape 2 in PowerPoint 365

See how to fill shapes for more details.


Crop a picture by handles

To use the simplest way to crop a picture by using the cropping handles, do the following:

   1.   Click on the picture to select it.

Note: You can't crop multiple pictures at once.

   2.   On the Picture Format tab, in the Size group, click the Crop button:

Crop button in PowerPoint 365

Note: You can also open the Crop dropdown list and choose the Crop command:

Crop button 2 in PowerPoint 365

   3.   Drag the black handles that appear in corners and on the sides of the image to crop unneeded areas:

Crop black handles in PowerPoint 365

Areas that will be excluded from the cropped picture are shaded:

Crop picture handles in PowerPoint 365

Note: You can drag the black handles outside the picture; sometimes, it makes sense. You simply add a transparent space to the image:

Crop picture process in PowerPoint 365

   4.   Repeat until all unnecessary areas of the image have been removed. When you finish, click outside the picture boundaries or click the Crop button again to apply the crop effect.

Note: You can crop the picture again if necessary. PowerPoint stores the original picture in its original size until you compress pictures.


Crop a picture "by the numbers"

To crop a picture "by the numbers" by using the Crop settings in the Format Picture pane, do the following:

   1.   Right-click the picture and choose Format Picture... in the popup menu:

Format Picture in popup menu PowerPoint 365

Note: You can't crop multiple pictures at once.

   2.   On the Format Picture pane, in the Picture group, in the Crop section:

Crop options in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 365
  • Under Picture position:
    • Select or enter values in the Width and Height fields to resize the picture and keep the frame dimensions,
    • Select or enter desired values in the Offset X and Offset Y fields:
Picture position in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 365
  • Under Crop positions:
    • Decrease the value in the Width field to crop the picture from the right,
    • Decrease the value in the Height field to crop the picture from the bottom,
    • Choose or type values in the Left and Top fields to crop the picture from those sides, respectively:
Crop position in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 365

Crop a picture to a shape

To crop a picture to a shape, do the following:

   1.   Click on the picture to select it.

Note: You can select multiple pictures to crop them to the same shape at once.

   2.   On the Picture Format tab, in the Size group, click the Crop button and then choose Crop to Shape from the dropdown list:

Crop to Shape in PowerPoint 365

   3.   Select the shape from the gallery that opens:

Crop to shapes gallery in PowerPoint 365

Fill or fit an image in the shape

PowerPoint offers two features for images that can help to position them in shape:

Fill or fit Crop in PowerPoint 365
  • The Fill option adjusts the image size to match the shape's height or width, whichever is bigger:
    Fill Crop option in PowerPoint 365
  • The Fit option adjusts the image size so that both the height and width match the shape:
    Fit Crop option in PowerPoint 365

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