Crop a picture to fit in a shape


If you want to change the outline of a picture and make it a shape (like a circle or a star), use the cropping tools on the Picture Tools Format tab.

Star shape with a picture of fireworks inside it

Crop to a shape

  1. User Insert > Pictures to add the picture to your document.

  2. Select the picture (or pictures) you want to crop.

    If you’re cropping lots of pictures at once, you have to use the same shape for all of them. To crop to different shapes, crop each picture individually.

  3. On the Picture Tools Format tab, click Crop > Crop to Shape, and then pick the shape you want.

    Crop to shape command opening the Shape gallery from the Picture Tools Format tab

    There are other things you can do to change how your picture looks:

    • Fill removes part (usually the edges) of your picture, but fills the shape with as much of it as possible.

    • Fit makes the whole picture fit into the shape. Both maintain the original proportions of the picture.


  • If you want the same picture in different shapes, insert multiple copies of the picture in your document, and then crop each picture to the shape you want.

  • For more details about the cropping feature, read this blog post, Cropping picture improvements.

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