Cropping Photos into Custom Shapes in PowerPoint

Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve Sheets

Jun 13, 2022

There are 3 ways to crop photos into custom shapes, also known as “photo masking” or an “image mask”. 

In this Quick Tip Tutorial, we cover each method and their best uses as well. 

Maybe you want people’s headshots in little bubbles! Maybe it’s neon lights in the shape of an acorn! Anything is possible. 

These methods also work for creating custom shaped picture placeholders when working with custom template layouts in PowerPoint.

WHAT's in store:

  • Setting images as a “shape fill”
  • Cropping photos into shapes or imported SVGs
  • Switching a photo from its current or default shape to a new shape
  • Other handy tips along the way and one recently updated PPT feature

WHO's it for:

Designers and intermediate PowerPoint users 



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About The Author

Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve is a designer with high expectations for a final product but he tends to obsess over process too. He likes to know the many ways to get things done, the advantages of each and their oh so scary pitfalls. Perhaps that's why he has a Mac and a PC?

"Workflows are one of the few times in life where the best way tends to be the easy way, the trick is figuring out what's 'easy' for your specific situation."

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