Crop a picture to a shape using Publisher

Pictures inside shapes bring visual appeal and life to a publication. Consider the shape that will work best with your picture: A square picture inside a circle, a rectangular picture inside an oval, or maybe a star shape to direct the viewer's attention.

Use the editing features in Publisher to resize your picture, set a transparent region, crop, rotate, recolor your picture, and more.

Collage showing pictures with different shapes

Crop a picture to a shape

Follow the steps to crop a picture to a shape.

  1. Insert a picture

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

    2. From either the Home or the Insert tab, select Picture.

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

  2. Select the shape

    1. Select the picture.

    2. On the Picture Tools tab, point to Picture Shape and select the shape to apply to your picture.

  3. Change the size and placement of your picture

Crop the picture

  1. Select the picture, and on the Picture Tools tab click Crop.

  2. Position the cropping handle over a point.

    Cropping Handle

    1. Cropping handle

  3. 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 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.

  4. Click Crop again, and then right-click the picture, and then click Save as Picture on the shortcut menu.

  5. Under Save As, type a name for the file, and then select a format, or use the default format.

  6. Click Save.

Pan the picture inside the shape

You can also move the picture within the shape so that different part of the picture appears in the shape.

  1. Select the picture, and on the Picture Tools tab click Crop.

  2. Click and drag the picture to position it inside the shape.

Resize the 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.

Resizing AutoShapes

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