Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting an image within a crop, part of PowerPoint: Using Photos and Video Effectively for Great Presentations.
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While we've looked at cropping images, as well as cropping with shapes, it's important to note that you can go back and adjust the crop virtually at any point in time. The only exception being if you've optimized an image and told PowerPoint to discard the cropped pixels. If I take a look at this slide here, I have three layouts. And clicking on the imagery, even double-clicking, doesn't show you the fact that there are extra pixels here. But remember, you can right-click and choose Crop, and this will show you any of the masked or hidden pixels.
Now, within the crop you can adjust the photo. Be careful as you drag to not obscure parts of the image that you want to keep, as well as not create unintended gaps. Holding down the Shift key, you can constrain the scaling of the picture as you see fit and drag for an entirely new composition. When satisfied, just click the Crop button to apply, or click outside the photo. Remember, this is pretty easy to access. You could choose the Format options and then crop or right-click for crop as it allows you to reposition the content so it's visually pleasing to you.
When done, just click the Crop button again or click outside, and essentially this gives you the flexibility that you want. I generally find it fastest to right-click and choose Crop. And then I could take advantage of dragging the image to a new position. Additionally, with the format controls, I could refine the crop here, or even adjust the size. And you could see all of those controls here. Adjusting the height will do so independently. I generally find it useful to lock the aspect ratio, so as I scale, things adjust evenly in all directions.
However, you'll note that as you make that change, the crop box scaled along with it. For this reason, I generally find it easier to just select the photo and use the Shift key to constrain, allowing me to visually place it for optimal layout. When satisfied, click outside and the new crop is applied.
- Working with photos
- Using the Photo Browser
- Adjusting images in PowerPoint
- Cropping and masking
- Building a slideshow
- Inserting video
- Prepping images and video for PowerPoint
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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1. Working with Photos
2. Browsing Media
3. Inserting Images Manually
4. Adjusting Images in PowerPoint
5. Masking Photos
6. Working with Transparency
7. Creating Photo-Based Layouts
8. Inserting Video Files
9. Prepping Images and Video Outside of PowerPoint
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