How to Crop Picture to Any Shape in PowerPoint

You may have inserted pictures into PowerPoint for a thousand of times, but have you ever try to crop the picture to any shape as you want right in PowerPoint?

To crop a picture to a certain regular shape, you can use the Shapes in PowerPoint.

Step 1: Insert the desired picture: Insert > Picture.

Step 2: Select the picture, and from the Picture toolbar, click Picture Shape, and from the drop down lists, choose a shape.


You will see the cropped picture like this:


The shortcoming of this method is that you can only crop the picture to the preset shapes come along with PowerPoint. Can we crop picture to any shape as we want in PowerPoint? The answer is yes!

Step 1: Open a blank PowerPoint (even delete the text box) and insert the picture. It should be like this:


Step 2: Save the slide as a picture (like JPG). Delete the original picture and set the slide picture as background image by: right click on the blank slide > Format Background > Picture or texture fill. Though the slide looks exactly the same as before, but the picture cannot be selected any more.

(Question: what’s the purpose of this step?)

Step 3: Now we are going to crop the picture to any shape. Zoom In to enlarge the picture so you can see it clearly.

Use the scribble tool or curve tool from Insert > Shapes > Lines to carefully trace around the part of picture you need.


Step 4: Right click on the traced image and choose Format Shape, set the Fill as Slide background fill and the Line Color as No line.


Now simply right click and Save as Picture, then insert again, you should see the cropped picture like this:


Have you got the answer of the question at the end of Step 2?

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