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Who says that a picture needs to be rectangular? You can turn your pictures into any shape you want. Choosing an appropriate shape for an image can help strengthen your message and set the tone for your document. The technique is called crop to shape. So I am going to go ahead and insert a picture of some olives. I'll go up to the Insert tab and click on the Picture button. In our Exercise files, in Chapter 10, I have a picture of some olives. Once it's in place, I'll go ahead and make it a little bit smaller and change the Text Wrap to Square and I'll move it over to the right-hand side.
On the right-hand side of the Ribbon, there's a Crop button. You are probably used to using this to resize your rectangle, but it's got another trick up its sleeve. Click on the bottom-half and there is an option here for Crop to Shape which will bring up the Auto Shapes Gallery. Choose your relevant shape carefully. Some of these will cut out necessary parts of your image. I'm going to come over here to Teardrop because it kind of reflects the shape of our olive. And now I have a Teardrop shaped picture of my olives. Now once the shape mask is in place, you can modify the size of the image and the size of the shape independently.
I'm going to click on the Launch button on the right side of Picture Styles. I'll move the dialog box over to the left so that you can see. Towards the bottom, there's an option here for Crop. There are two sections. Picture position refers to the picture of the olives and the Crop position refers to the teardrop shape. Width and Height are the dimensions of the picture. And I can either type a dimension or use my Up and Down Arrows, but notice that any changes I make are not proportional. I do run the risk of distorting my image.
Offset X will move the picture to the left and to the right inside the shape. Offset Y will move the picture up and down. Again the Crop position refers to the teardrop. So this is going to set how wide the teardrop is, so I can make it narrower, I can also make it taller or shorter. If I adjust Left, it will move the teardrop to the left or the right side of the document. And when I work with Top, it will move the teardrop up and down on the page.
Once I have the image in the shape, so that I like them, I'll click Close. Using the shape to mask your picture provides visual interest and can enhance your message. The ability to manipulate the image and the shape separately gives you finite control over the effect.
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