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 designs for pictures.
Modern picture design in PowerPoint 365

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 365

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

Rectangles shapes in PowerPoint 365

    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 365

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

    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 365

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

  • On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, select the Arrange drop-down list:
    Arrange list in PowerPoint 365

    Choose the Rotate list and then click Flip Vertical:

    Flip Vertical in PowerPoint 365
  • On the Shape Format tab, in the Arrange group, choose the Rotate dropdown list, and then click Flip Vertical:
    Flip Vertical in Drawing Tools PowerPoint 365

After flipping the shapes, modify them like you want:

Selected shapes in PowerPoint 365

    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.

    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 365

    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 objects instead of a separate box around each object:

Grouped shapes in PowerPoint 365

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

Format shape in popup PowerPoint 365

    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 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
  • In the Line section, select No line:
    Line in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 365

Add any other adjustments you would like.

See also this tip in French: Comment faire de la conception d'image moderne dans la diapositive PowerPoint.

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