How to Mask Images to Custom Shape in PowerPoint

An image is worth a thousand words. This is why it is very important to include images to your PowerPoint presentation to drive your point home. However, you may need to mask an image to shape to suit your needs. This step by step guide will help you to achieve masking images into shapes using PowerPoint.

1. You need to open your powerpoint program. You also need to have an image you want to mask stored somewhere in your local machine. At the top bar, switch to the ‘Insert tab’ as shown below. Hit the ‘Pictures’ option to insert your image as illustrated below.

A file explorer tab will open where you will need to navigate to the location of the image you wish to mask. Once located, you will need to highlight then hit the ‘insert’ button below to add the image into PowerPoint.

2. Once your image is successfully inserted to the PowerPoint space, first select your image and then click on the format tab.

Note: Format tab only appears after you’ve selected your inserted image.

At the extreme top-right of the top ribbon, click on the drop-down menu that is under the crop tool as illustrated below:

3. Select the ‘Crop to shape option’ then choose the shape that you would like to use to mask the image. For this demonstration, we will use the oval shape as shown below:

4. Once the image is masked using the shape selected, you may want to edit the dimensions to suit your requirements. You need to click on the crop option again. This will show the cropping edges which you can edit to suit your needs.

5. Once you are satisfied with the image result, simply click anywhere outside the image to save your changes.

Note: If in case you are not satisfied by the result, simply click on the crop icon then you can make customary adjustments.

You now know how to mask an image using PowerPoint. If this tutorial was helpful to you, be sure to share and leave a comment below.

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