Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

Introduction

According to Wikipedia, cropping a picture is the removal of unwanted outer areas from a photographic or illustrated image. The process usually consists of the removal of some of the peripheral areas of an image to remove extraneous trash from the picture, to improve its framing, to change the aspect ratio, or to accentuate or isolate the subject matter from its background.

Cropping a picture or an image removes the outer edges of the image. You do so to remove both empty and busy areas as both can distract from the graphic’s focus. Either way, you can use PowerPoint’s Crop tool to fine-tune what viewers see.

Yes it’s not easy to think of Microsoft PowerPoint as an image editor, but as presentation software, it needs to also be a design tool in order to help you create said presentations. This is why you need to learn how to manipulate images and create interesting effects with your images in PowerPoint.

You can also crop an image to fit a specific shape.

Let’s learn how to crop your photos or images in Microsoft PowerPoint using the cropping and the shape tools in Microsoft.

Steps how to crop a picture or an image in Microsoft PowerPoint.

I will be showing you two different methods on how to crop a picture or an image using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Method 1

1. To crop a picture in PowerPoint, open the presentation,

2. Add the picture by clicking on Insert then Picture, then select the photo in order to add an image to the slide.

How to Crop a Picture in Microsoft PowerPoint

How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

3. Once selected, the “Picture Format” tab will appear. Select it, then click the “Crop” button found in the “Size” group.

How to Crop an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

4. A drop-down menu will appear. Here, select “Crop.”

Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

5. Cropping handles will now appear around the frame of the image. To crop out certain areas, click and drag the handles to capture only the content you want to keep.

Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

6. After setting the areas of the frame, select the icon in the upper half of the “Crop” option in the “Size” group of the “Picture Format” tab.

Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

7. Your image will now be cropped.

Moving to the second method on how to crop a picture or an image in Microsoft PowerPoint

Method 2

1. To crop a picture in PowerPoint, open the presentation,

2. Add the picture by clicking on Insert then Picture, then select the photo in order to add an image to the slide.

3. Right-click on the image and click on the Crop button that appears on top. Black crop handles on the edges and corners allow you to re-size the image.

Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

4. Drag one of the handles inward or outwards to crop the image. You can also crop equally on four sides (Press Ctrl + drag corner handle) or crop equally on two parallel sides (Press Ctrl + drag the crop handle on the sides). If you want you can drag the picture to re-focus the area you want to keep.

5. To crop to precise dimensions, use the Height and Width boxes next to the Crop button.

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Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

6. Press Esc to finish or click anywhere outside the picture.

Steps on How to Crop an Image to Aspect Ratio in Microsoft PowerPoint

Let’s say you have a photo and you want to crop it into a square or any of the common aspect ratios. PowerPoint allows one-click cropping for several standard aspect ratios.

1. Click and select the image in the slide.

2. Go to Picture Tools > Format. In the Size group, click the dropdown arrow under the Crop button.

How to Crop an Image to Aspect Ratio

3. Select the Aspect Ratio you want from the dropdown and apply it to the image.

4. Use the Crop rectangle to adjust the crop area. You can also use the crop handles to adjust the final view.

Steps on How to Crop an Image or a Picture to Any Shape using Microsoft PowerPoint

A Shape Fill can be manipulated with the Crop tool and used for interesting effects.

I will teach you 2 methods on how to crop an image or a picture to any shape using Microsoft PowerPoint

Method 1

1. To crop a picture to any shape in PowerPoint, open the presentation,

2. Add the picture by clicking on Insert then Picture, then select the photo in order to add an image to the slide.

3. In the “Picture Format” tab, click the “Crop” button found in the “Size” group. In the drop-down menu that appears, select “Crop To Shape.”

Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

4. Another menu displaying a large library of shapes will appear. Select the shape you’d like to crop the image to. We’ll use a basic oval in this example.

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How to Crop an Image to Any Shape

5. Once selected, the oval shape will appear over your image, as well as cropping handles to set the area to be cropped. Set them as desired.

How to Crop an Image to Any Shape

6. When you’re ready, select the icon above “Crop” in the “Size” group of the “Picture Format” tab.

Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

7. Your image is now cropped.

How to crop a picture in Microsoft PowerPoint

The second method on how to crop an image or a picture to any shape using Microsoft PowerPoint

Method 2

1. To crop a picture to any shape in PowerPoint, open the presentation,

2. Go to Insert > Shapes and select a shape from the options available. Select the drawn shape.

3. Click Drawing Tools > Format. In the Shape Styles group, click Shape Fill > Picture.

4. Browse to the picture you want and insert it into the shape as a shape fill.

5. Click to select the new shape picture fill.

6. Go to Picture Tools > Format. In the Size group, click the arrow under Crop to show the two cropping options.

7. Choose from Fill or Fit.

Steps on How to Crop a Picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

Fill matches the picture with the shape’s height or width, whichever is greatest. Fit sets the picture size so that the picture’s height and width both match the shape’s boundaries.

Like any other crop, you can use the cropping handles to fine-tune the position of the shape fill within the cropped shape.

In Conclusion

Instead of you going through the stress of using the crop tools in your PC for cropping your pictures before inserting them in your  Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Microsoft PowerPoint has made it easy for you. All you have to do is to follow the steps on how to crop a picture or an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint

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