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How do I create photographs in different shapes from rectangular photographs?

There are two processes: one for PowerPoint 2003 and one for PowerPoint 2007.

If you are using PowerPoint 2007, follow these steps:

  1. Draw/select the shape you want for your photograph, e.g., circle, octagon, star
  2. Select a photograph
  3. Size the photograph and/or crop it to be the exact size of the shape you just drew (use the "snap to other objects" tool in the Grid and Guides menu for perfect sizing)
  4. "Cut" (Ctrl x) the photograph (it will be put into your clipboard)
  5. Right-click on the shape you drew and select "Format shape…"
  6. Select "Picture or texture fill" and click on "Clipboard"
  7. The cropped photo has been imported into the circle.

If you are using PowerPoint 2003, follow these steps:

  1. Draw/select the shape you want for your photograph, e.g., circle, octagon, star
  2. Select a photograph
  3. Size the photograph and/or crop it to be the exact size of theshape you just drew – for this tutorial we'll call that shape "Circle" (use the "snap to other objects" tool in the Grid and Guides menu for perfect sizing)
  4. Right click on the cropped photograph and choose "Save as image." Save the image to your hard drive using either a PNG or JPG format and give it a name that you'll easily recognize ("Circle photograph", for example).
  5. Right-click on the shape you drew ("Circle") and select "Format Autoshape"
  6. Select the "Colors and Lines" tab, click on the downward-pointing arrow next to the color bar, and select "Fill Effects …"
  7. From the fill effects menu, select the "Picture" tab and then click on "Select Picture"
  8. Navigate to the cropped photograph you just saved as an image ("Circle photograph") and double click. Click OK and click OK again. The cropped photograph that you saved as an image ("Circle photograph") is now imported into the shape that you drew ("Circle").

A special thank you goes to Ute Simon, a Microsoft MVP, who provided us with the method to perform this formatting in PowerPoint 2003.

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