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How to insert and crop a picture to fit a shape in Microsoft PowerPoint

When you use images in your slide shows, you want them to be attractive. One way is to combine a shape with your image. You can easily insert and crop an image to fit or fill a shape in PowerPoint.

Insert a picture into a shape in PowerPoint

After create the way you want to insert an image, it will actually fill the shape with the image.

Select the shape and go to the Format tab so it is displayed. Click on “Shape Fill” in the Shape Styles section of the ribbon and select “Image.”

Go to Shape Fill and select Image

Choose from a file, stock images, online images, or icons, depending on the image you want to use. Select the image and click “Insert”.

Choose the location of the image

The image you chose will fill the shape. Now, you can adjust how the image is formatted within the shape using two actions: Fill or Fit.

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Shape filled with a picture in PowerPoint

Fill or fit image to shape

When you “Fill” a shape with an image, this Adjust the size of the image to match the height or width of the shape, whichever is greater. When you “fit” a shape with an image, this resizes the image so that both the height and width match the shape.

Click on the image inside the shape and go to the Image Format tab that appears. Then click the arrow under “Crop” in the Ribbon Size section and choose “Fill” or “Fit.”

Click Crop and choose Fill or Fit

You will notice that Fill and Fit each provides quite a different look. Since this is an optional step after inserting the image into the form, please choose the best option for you.

Image Shape Adjustment and Fill Comparison

Crop a picture as a shape in PowerPoint

If you have an image you want to crop in a way in your slide show, you can too.

Select the image and go to the Image Format tab. Click the arrow under “Crop” in the Ribbon Size section and choose “Crop to Shape.” Choose the shape you want to use from the pop-up menu.

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Click Clip As Shape and choose a shape

The image will immediately update to that shape.

Image cropped as a shape in PowerPoint

You can then select the image and use the tools on the Image Format tab, or you can right-click to open the Image Format sidebar to add some pizzazz.

Image format tab and sidebar in PowerPoint

By combining shapes with functional or decorative images in your PowerPoint slide show, you can create an attractive and unique presentation.

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