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, rounded rectangle, or freeform shape), use the cropping tools on the Picture Tools Format tab.

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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.

Tips

  • 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.

Star shape with a picture of fireworks inside it

Crop to a specific shape

Quickly change the shape of a picture by cropping it to a specific shape. The picture is automatically trimmed to fill the geometry of the selected shape while maintaining its proportions.

If you want to crop the same picture to more than one shape, make copies of the picture and crop each to the desired shape individually.

  1. Use Insert > Picture to add the image to an Office file (such as a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or an Excel workbook).

  2. In your file, select the picture that you want to crop.

  3. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to Crop.

    Crop button on the Picture Format tab

    (If you don't see the Picture Format tab, make sure that you've selected a picture (not a shape).)

  4. Point to Crop to Shape and then click the shape you want to crop to.

    PPT for Mac Crop Menu

    The shape is immediately applied to the image.

  5. If you want to adjust the shape, click the Crop button again on the ribbon.

    Black crop handles appear on the edges and corners of the picture.

  6. Crop the image by doing one of the following:

    Description

    Action

    Crop one side

    Drag the center cropping handle on that side inward.

    Crop two adjacent sides at the same time

    Press and hold the Shift+Option keys while you drag the center cropping handle on either side inward.

    Crop equally on all four sides at once

    Press and hold the Shift+Option keys while you drag a corner cropping handle inward.

Crop to fit or fill a shape

After you have added a picture to a shape, you can choose how the picture fits in the shape by using the Fit and Fill tools for fine tuning.

  1. In your file, select the picture that you want within the shape.

  2. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to Crop.

    Crop button on the Picture Format tab

    If you don't see the Picture Format tab, make sure that you've selected a picture (and not a shape).

  3. Click Fill or Fit, and then click outside the picture.

    PPT for Mac Crop Menu

    Option

    Description

    Fill

    Removes (or "crops") part of the picture, but still fills the entire shape.

    Fit

    Makes the entire picture fit within the shape. The original picture aspect ratio is maintained, but you may have empty space inside your shape.

Crop to a specific shape

A quick way to change the shape of a picture is to crop it to a specific shape. When you crop to a specific shape, the picture is automatically trimmed to fill the geometry of the shape. The proportions of the picture are maintained.

  1. In your file, select the picture that you want to crop to a specific shape.

  2. Click the Format Picture tab.

    (If you don't see the Format Picture tab, make sure that you've selected a picture (and not a shape).)

  3. Under Adjust, click the arrow next to Crop, point to Mask to Shape, point to a type of shape, and then click the shape that you want to crop the picture to.

    The shape is immediately applied to the image.

  4. If you want to adjust the shape, click the Crop button again on the ribbon.

    Black crop handles appear on the edges and corners of the picture.

  5. Drag the cropping handles as needed to trim the margins of the picture, and then click outside the picture.

  6. When you are finished, click outside the picture.

Crop to fit or fill a shape

After you have added a picture to a shape, you can choose how the picture fits in the shape by using the Crop to Fit and Crop to Fill tools for fine tuning.

  1. Click the picture that you want within the shape.

  2. Click the Format Picture tab.

    (If you don't see the Format Picture tab, make sure that you've selected your picture.)

  3. Under Adjust, click the arrow next to Crop, click Crop to Fill or Crop to Fit, and then click outside the picture:

    Option

    Description

    Crop to Fill

    Removes (or "crops") part of the picture, but still fills the entire shape.

    Crop to Fit

    Makes the entire picture fit within the shape. The original picture aspect ratio is maintained, but you may have empty space inside your shape.

  4. When you are finished, press ESC.

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