Posts Tagged ‘photo’

Techie Tip of the Week: Fit Photos to Shapes in PowerPoint

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Last week, we talked about how to autofit a photo into a text box using Picture or Texture Fill.

Today’s tip will show how you can fit a photo into a particular shape (oval, arrow, triangle, etc.).

  1. Select the picture or pictures that you want to crop to a specific shapeNote: If you are cropping multiple pictures, you must crop to the same shape. To crop to different shapes, crop the pictures individually.
  1. In PowerPoint 2007/2010 (Windows), in Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the arrow under Crop, and then click Crop to Shape.

    In PowerPoint 2011 (Mac), in Format Picture, in Adjust, click the arrow to the side of Crop, and then click Mask to Shape.

    List after click the Crop button



  1. Select the desired shape.


Techie Tip of the Week: AutoFit Photos in PowerPoint Boxes

Friday, January 11th, 2013

If you insert a photo into a PowerPoint presentation, by default the image will be inserted at the exact size it really is. That’s great if your photo matches the size of the slide and/or is already the desired size. But if the photo doesn’t match, you need to painstakingly manually drag the edges of the photo until it finally fits — a hugely time-consuming activity.

There’s a better way — instead of inserting a photo, create a text box. Then, format the text box to have as its content the desired photo as a picture fill.

Here’s how:

  1. In PowerPoint, create or select the desired text box.
  2. Right-click the box.
  3. Select Format Shape.
  4. In Fill, choose Picture or Texture Fill.
  5. In Insert from, click File.
  6. Locate the desired photo, and click Insert.
  7. Click Close.

The photo will match the size of your box. You can drag the box and resize, rotate, or otherwise manipulate as desired.

Techie Tip of the Week: Inserting Images in Microsoft Office – Layout Status

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Original blog posting:

Have you ever noticed that when you insert a photo or other image in a Microsoft Office application (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) that it sometimes “floats” around the document, but sometimes it stays inline with the rest of the document?

That’s because in MS Office, there are 5 layout statuses you can use when inserting an image, some that keep the image inline with the rest of the document, and others that allow the image to float.

Here’s how to change the Layout status of an image:

  1. Insert the image.
  2. Right-click the image and select Format Picture.
  3. Click Layout, and then click the desired Wrapping Style:

    1. In line with text – puts the image in the same line as the text (as if it were another character in the document)
    2. Square – floats the image, and places the surrounding text in a square shape around the image
    3. Tight – floats the image and puts the surrounding text as close as possible to the image
    4. Behind text – floats the image behind the text (as in a watermark)
    5. In front of text – floats the image on top of the text (without moving the text around it)
  4. Then, click OK.

Here are examples of the 5 wrapping styles:

  1. In line with text:
  2. Square:
  3. Tight:
  4. Behind text:
  5. In front of text: