Cropping Photos into Custom Shapes in PowerPoint

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan

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 creating 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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Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan is a writer, organizer, and film school dropout. She hikes frequently with her dog, Guinness, and signs up for too many email newsletters. Having lived in Chicago, Paris, Dublin and Galway, Molly has made her way back to the Rockies and calls Denver, CO home.

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