Insert a picture into an AutoShape

You can use the features in Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 to edit your pictures in many ways: resize, set a transparent region, crop (to a rectangular shape), rotate, add fill color, add borders, recolor, and more. Although Office Publisher 2007 does not have advanced photo-editing capabilities, such as cropping a picture to a circle or other nonrectangular shape, you can achieve some interesting effects with a little ingenuity.

Screenshot of a collage in Publisher showing pictures with different shapes

To create the effects in this example, you can insert a picture into an AutoShape, giving the appearance of a picture that has been cropped to a specific shape, such as a star or circle. Here's how you do it.

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Tips for best results before you start

Insert a picture into an AutoShape

Tips for best results before you start

Choose your shape

Consider the choice of shape that will work with your picture. If your picture is square, you can insert it into a circle. If your picture is rectangular, an oval shape may be interesting and aesthetically pleasing. If you want to focus on the center of your picture, a star shape may help direct the viewer's attention.

Remove extra space

You may want to remove extra space by cropping it from the sides, top, or bottom of your picture so that it fits appropriately inside the shape that you want. Crop and save your picture before you insert it into a shape. You can do this in a photo-editing program, such as Microsoft Office Picture Manager, or you can do this in Office Publisher 2007.

Crop a picture

  1. In a new publication, insert the picture you want to crop.

  2. Select the picture, and then click Crop Cropping handle on the Picture toolbar.

  3. Position the cropping handle over a point.

    Screenshot of the Cropping Handle in Publisher.

    1. Cropping handle

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To crop one side, drag the center handle on that side.

    • To crop evenly on two sides at once, hold down CTRL as you drag a center handle.

    • To crop all four sides at once while maintaining the proportions of your picture, hold down CTRL+SHIFT as you drag a corner handle.

  5. Right-click the picture, and then click Save as Picture on the shortcut menu.

  6. In the Save As dialog box, type a name for the file, and then select a format, or use the default format.

  7. Click Save.

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Insert a picture into an AutoShape

Step 1: Insert an AutoShape

Important: You cannot move the position of the picture inside the AutoShape.

  1. Open or create the publication that you want to add the picture to.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To insert a predefined AutoShape, such as a star or diamond, click AutoShapes on the Objects toolbar, point to a category, such as Stars and Banners, click the shape that you want, such as Explosion 1, and then click your publication where you want the shape.

    • To add a circle or a square, click Oval or Rectangle on the Objects toolbar, and then click your publication.

  3. Drag the mouse diagonally until the shape is the size that you want.
    Star-type AutoShape image

Step 2: Insert your picture into the AutoShape

  1. With the shape selected, click AutoShape on the Format menu, and then click the Colors and Lines tab.

  2. In the Color list under Fill, click Fill Effects, and then click the Picture tab.

  3. Click Select Picture.

  4. In the Select Picture dialog box, locate the folder that contains the picture that you want to insert, select the picture file, and then click Insert.

  5. To maintain your picture's proportions (to prevent distortion) when it is inserted into the shape, select the Lock picture aspect ratio check box, and then click OK.

  6. In the Format AutoShape dialog box, click the Size tab, and then select the Lock aspect ratio check box to maintain the shape's proportions when you change the size of the shape.

  7. Click OK.

Step 3: Change the size of your picture

To change the size of your picture, select the shape, position the pointer over one of the points, and then click and drag the size handle.

Screenshot of how to resize AutoShapes in Publisher

Note: If you selected the Lock aspect ratio check box to maintain the picture's placement inside the shape relative to the size of the shape, use one of the corner handles to change the size of the picture.

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