How to crop photos into shapes in PowerPoint®

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Welcome to the Presentation Hacks: Using photos in PowerPoint video series! In these lessons, a Duarte designer shares some of the fundamental tools of using photos in PowerPoint.

In this video, we’ll show you how to crop photos in PowerPoint into shapes — like a circle! You can introduce more negative space to your slide by cropping photos into shapes.

A great example of a time when you might need to crop photos in PowerPoint into shapes would be when you have a quote accompanied by a headshot on a slide.

You might also crop photos in PowerPoint into shapes if the photo is:

  • Too big
  • High contrast
  • Distracting

Mastering photo cropping

To start to crop photos in shapes in PowerPoint, click on the Format tab. Instead of clicking on “Crop,” click “Crop to Shape.” Any PowerPoint shape is available to you (circle, square, star, etc.)

Pro tip: Hold down CTRL + SHIFT to scale your photo down from the center.

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Duarte video: What are the best practices for cropping photos into shapes in PowerPoint for presentation design?


Here are some of the things you’ll learn in this video:

  • How to crop photos into shapes
  • How to scale your photo evenly
  • Why you might crop a photo into a shape
  • Introduce negative space into a slide

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