When you add content to a document, you may choose to mask the shape. This can reveal or hide parts of a photo, or allow you better control over how it’s presented by adding graphical style. In this video, author Richard Harrington walks you through how to mask or crop a digital image in Microsoft PowerPoint.
- When you add content to a document, you may choose to mask the shape. This can reveal or hide parts of the photo and allow you better control over how it's presented. Perhaps, it's to change the overall display size or to add some graphical style. Let's take a look at a few images, and you're welcome to follow along with the same file. If I select an image, you may notice that there are controls for the image. Go to the Picture Tools area for Format, and you'll see a button labeled Crop.
If you click the preset here, there are different ratios that you can choose. For example, I can crop to a square ratio if I want. And now, when I click the button again, the crop is applied. Or I can choose other shapes. Notice, for example, I can crop to a circle, placing the photo inside of the shape. Now, once an image is cropped, you do have flexibility.
You can select it and click the Crop button again. Doing so will allow you to adjust the contents of the crop to change the portion of the image that's shown. This will allow you flexibility to reposition it within the shape. And then just click the Crop button again to close it. Remember, there are lots of shapes available. So, if you decide, you can select an image and go to Format and simply use the Crop button here and crop to a particular shape.
Let's go with diagonal corners here, and it cuts out the sides. And now, we can adjust the shape here. Let's go a little smaller. Now, in this case, it distorted the image, so I'll choose Undo. What may be very important is that you grab the corner handle as you adjust, so the aspect ratio is preserved. If you decide to change the shape, just click on the Crop button again, and you can use the presets here to crop to a different delivery shape.
There's our rounded rectangle. And you'll note that many of the shapes can be adjusted by modifying the vector control points, giving you a lot of flexibility. Remember, if you've placed something within a shape, you do have control. You can easily select something that's already been cropped, click on it, and then click the Crop button. Now, you could adjust the content within the crop and reposition to taste.
Click the Crop button again, or click outside, and it will lock it into place. As a general guidance, you may want to consider using layout grids. If you decide to crop images, this can help you create multi-image presentations. There are many samples of layout grids available on the internet and a whole theory of design, based upon grid layouts, but these can help you with the positioning of elements. Simply drop the photo in over your grid.
Insert, Picture. Grab a file that you'd like to use. And then feel free to use the Crop command. You'll also note that you can freely crop by just dragging the edges. And you can use your underlying layout grid to help you position the elements on the page. There we go, it even snaps to it, giving me flexibility as I build the design.
You can continue to insert multiple images as part of your design. And crop to taste. There we go. I'll position that, click Crop. And now, I can use my grid design to help me with the overall composition. There we go. When you're all done, feel free to select any of the grids that you no longer need, and you can either delete them or simply hide them by covering them with new photos.
But this allows you to make complex photographic layouts, based upon more complex design principles. Feel free to explore the concept of grid-based design by browsing the online library or doing a search in your favorite web browser. There are lots of options and alternatives out there, but this will help you better understand some of the core concepts of graphic design layout.
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- Converting file formats with Adobe tools and free utilities
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- Making essential image adjustments in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- Adjusting images with online image editors
- Adjusting images in a PDF file with Acrobat Pro
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