Crop a picture to fit in a shape (2023)

If you want to change the outline of a photo to make it a shape (like a circle or rounded rectangle), use the cropping tool on the ribbon Crop a picture to fit in a shape (1)with the Crop to Shape option.

You can crop to a shape in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, or Excel.

Crop an image to a shape, such as a circle

You can quickly change the shape of a picture by cropping it to a specific shape. The picture is automatically trimmed to fill the geometry of the selected shape while maintaining its proportions.

(If you want to crop the same picture to more than one shape, make copies of the picture and crop each to the desired shape individually.)

Crop a picture to fit in a shape (2)

  1. Use Insert > Picture to add the image to a Microsoft 365 file (such as a Worddocument, PowerPointpresentation, or an Outlookemail message).

  2. Click the picture.

    You may crop multiple pictures at once, but you must crop them to the same shape. (But in Word, this is difficult, because you can't multi-select pictures that have the default In Line with Text layout option.)

  3. Click Picture Tools > Format, and in the Size group, click the arrow under Crop.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (3)

  4. From the menu that appears, select Crop to Shape, and then click the shape you want to crop to.

    The shape is immediately applied to the image.

  5. Next, use Crop > Fit or Crop > Fill to change how much of the picture fits within the shape you've applied:

    • FillFills the entire shape with the picture. Some outer edges of the picture may be cropped away. There won't be any empty space at the margins of the shape.

    • FitMakes the entire picture fit within the shape while maintaining the picture's original aspect ratio. There may be empty space at the margins of the shape.

      (Black crop handles appear on the edges and corners of the picture when you select the Fit or Fill option.)

  6. You can adjustthe position of the picture within the frame by selecting the picture and dragging it where you want. For example, this can help you center the most important part of the picture within the shape you've applied to the picture.

  7. Crop the margins of the image by dragging a black crop handle as follows:

    (Video) Crop Photo into Circle or Other Shapes in Word & PowerPoint - Crop a Picture to Fit in a Shape

    Description

    Action

    Crop one side

    Drag inward on the side cropping handle

    Crop two adjacent sides at the same time

    Drag inward on the corner cropping handle

    Crop equally on two parallel sides at once

    Press and hold Ctrl while dragging inward on the side cropping handle

  8. Click the Crop button again when you are done.

Start with a shape and add an image to it

You can add a picture as fill for a shape and then edit or crop the shape.

Add a picture to a shape

  1. Add a shape to your document (see Add shapes for instructions) and click the shape to select it.

  2. Click Drawing Tools > Format, and in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Fill > Picture.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (4)

  3. Select the type of picture you want (such as From a File or Online Pictures) and then navigate to the picture you want and insert it.

Resize the shape

To change the filled shape's dimensions while maintaining its basic format, select it and drag any of the sizing handles.

Choose how the picture fits in the shape

If your picture is skewed, cut off, or doesn't fill the shape the way you want, use the Fit and Fill tools on the Crop menu for fine tuning:

  1. Click a shape created using Shape Fill > Picture.

  2. Click Picture Tools > Format, and in the Size group, click the arrow under Crop. A menu appears showing cropping options.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (5)

    • Choose Fit if you want as much of the picture as possible to fit within the shape; the original picture aspect ratio will be maintained, but you may have empty space inside your shape.

    • Choose Fill to have the shape fit within the bounds of the picture, cropping away everything outside the shape.You can drag the picture to change what part of it shows within the shape.

  3. If you want, you can adjust the crop area by using the cropping handles, as described under Crop a picture.

  4. When you're finished, press Esc or click anywhere outside the picture within the document.

Use edit points to edit or crop the shape

Although cropping tools are not available for shapes, you can use the Edit Points tool to customize a shape.

  1. Select the shape that you want to edit.

  2. Click ShapeFormat, and in the Insert Shapes group, selectEdit Shape Crop a picture to fit in a shape (6) > Edit Points.

  3. Drag the shape's vertex points (which appear as black dots around the shape's perimeter) until the shape looks the way you want.

    (Video) How to crop a Picture Image Photo into any Shape in PowerPoint

  4. To delete a vertex point, hold Ctrl and click it. To add a vertex point, hold Ctrl while clicking anywhere on the perimeter of the shape that does not already have a vertex point.

See Also

Crop a picture in Microsoft 365

Cut out or cover part of a picture

If you want to change the outline of a photo to make it a shape (like a circle or rounded rectangle), use the cropping tool on the ribbon Crop a picture to fit in a shape (7).

You can crop to a shape in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.

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Crop to a specific shape

Quickly change the shape of a picture by cropping it to a specific shape. The picture is automatically trimmed to fill the geometry of the selected shape while maintaining its proportions.

If you want to crop the same picture to more than one shape, make copies of the picture and crop each to the desired shape individually.

  1. Use Insert > Picture to add the image to an Office file (such as a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or an Excel workbook).

  2. In your file, select the picture that you want to crop.

  3. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to Crop.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (8)

    (If you don't see the Picture Format tab, make sure that you've selected a picture (not a shape).)

  4. Point to Crop to Shape and then click the shape you want to crop to.

    (Video) How to crop a Picture into various Shapes in PowerPoint

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (9)

    The shape is immediately applied to the image.

  5. If you want to adjust the shape, click the Crop button again on the ribbon.

    Black crop handles appear on the edges and corners of the picture.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (10)
  6. Crop the image by dragging any crop handle inward. If you drag one of the corner handles, it crops two adjacent sides at the same time.

Crop to fit or fill a shape

After you have added a picture to a shape, you can choose how the picture fits in the shape by using the Fit and Fill tools for fine tuning.

  1. In your file, select the picture that you want within the shape.

  2. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to Crop.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (11)

    If you don't see the Picture Format tab, make sure that you've selected a picture (and not a shape).

  3. Click Fill or Fit, and then click outside the picture.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (12)

    Option

    Description

    Fill

    Removes (or "crops") part of the picture, but still fills the entire shape.

    Fit

    Makes the entire picture fit within the shape. The original picture aspect ratio is maintained, but you may have empty space inside your shape.

Crop to a specific shape

A quick way to change the shape of a picture is to crop it to a specific shape. When you crop to a specific shape, the picture is automatically trimmed to fill the geometry of the shape. The proportions of the picture are maintained.

  1. In your file, select the picture that you want to crop to a specific shape.

  2. Click the Format Picture tab.

    (If you don't see the Format Picture tab, make sure that you've selected a picture (and not a shape).)

  3. Under Adjust, click the arrow next to Crop, point to Mask to Shape, point to a type of shape, and then click the shape that you want to crop the picture to.

    The shape is immediately applied to the image.

  4. If you want to adjust the shape, click the Crop button again on the ribbon.

    Black crop handles appear on the edges and corners of the picture.

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  5. Drag the cropping handles as needed to trim the margins of the picture, and then click outside the picture.

  6. When you are finished, click outside the picture.

Crop to fit or fill a shape

After you have added a picture to a shape, you can choose how the picture fits in the shape by using the Crop to Fit and Crop to Fill tools for fine tuning.

  1. Click the picture that you want within the shape.

  2. Click the Format Picture tab.

    (If you don't see the Format Picture tab, make sure that you've selected your picture.)

  3. Under Adjust, click the arrow next to Crop, click Crop to Fill or Crop to Fit, and then click outside the picture:

    Option

    Description

    Crop to Fill

    Removes (or "crops") part of the picture, but still fills the entire shape.

    Crop to Fit

    Makes the entire picture fit within the shape. The original picture aspect ratio is maintained, but you may have empty space inside your shape.

  4. When you are finished, press ESC.

Which app are you using?
Word | PowerPoint

Word: Fit a picture inside a shape

Word for the web doesn't have the "crop-to-shape" feature that the desktop app has, but you can still use quick picture-styles to apply some basic shapes to a picture, as described here:

  1. Insert the image in your document. (Select Insert > Picture and then navigate to the picture you want to use.)

  2. With the image selected on the canvas, select the Picture tab on the ribbon, and then open the Picture Styles gallery:

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (13)

  3. Select a shapeto apply it to your picture.

  4. Once the shape is applied, you can resize it as needed.

PowerPoint: Crop a picture to a shape

  1. Select a picture on a slide to crop to a shape.

  2. On thePicturetab, on the right end,select the arrow next toCrop.

    Crop a picture to fit in a shape (14)

    Tip:If you don't see thePicture tab, be sure to select a picture.

    (Video) Crop An Image To A Shape with Illustrator

  3. Select Crop to Shape, then choose a shape to apply to the border of the picture.

  4. If you want to trim the margins of the picture, select Crop again,then drag a handle Crop a picture to fit in a shape (15) inward as needed. Drag other handles as needed.

  5. To save your changes, select the Crop button again, or press Esc.

FAQs

How do I crop an image to a specific shape in Photoshop? ›

Use the Cookie Cutter tool

The Cookie Cutter tool crops a photo into a shape that you choose. Select a shape and drag it on your photo to crop the photo in that shape. You can also move and resize the bounding box to get the desired area you want to crop.

What app crops pictures into shapes? ›

With ShapeClipper you can cut your photos into various shapes such as star-shaped or heart-shaped. You can also add border or drop shadow to the cropped photo and save it to Camera Roll or send it by E-mail.

Is shape tool used for cropping? ›

Use the Cookie Cutter tool

Select a shape and drag it on your photo to crop the photo in that shape. You can also move and resize the bounding box to get the desired area you want to crop. Use the Cookie Cutter tool to clip a photo into a fun shape.

How do you crop a picture in an irregular shape in Powerpoint? ›

In the Picture Format tab, click on the small arrow underneath the Crop button to display more options. 3. Choose Crop to Shape from this menu, and select whichever shape you require.

How do I crop a shape in Google drawings? ›

To crop an image, select it and click on the crop image icon in the toolbar. Then drag the corners to your desired crop size and hit enter to make the crop. To crop your image to a particular shape, apply a mask from the pull-down menu next to the crop icon.

How do you use the shape tool in Google Slides? ›

To add a shape to your Google Slide, click on the Insert option in the top bar and select Shape. Then choose a shape of your choice. Drag the mouse and draw the shape on your slide. Tip: Press Shift while drawing a shape to maintain the aspect ratio of the shape.

How do you crop a shape in design? ›

To crop frame content precisely, select the frame with the Direct Selection tool, and use the Transform or Control panel to change the size of the frame. To specify crop settings for an empty placeholder frame, choose Object > Fitting > Frame Fitting Options, and then specify the crop amount.

What is crop to shape? ›

Use the crop tools in PowerPoint to trim and remove unwanted portions of pictures, or to crop a picture to fit a shape. Crop a picture to fit a shape. If you want to change the outline of a picture and make it a shape (like a circle or a star), use the cropping tools on the PICTURE TOOLS FORMAT tab.

What is shape tool Short answer? ›

Shape tools are used to create vector shapes & paths. The following are the shape tools available in Adobe Photoshop: Rectangle Tool - To create a rectangle or square. Rounded Rectangle - To create a rectangle or a square with rounded corners.

What is the shape selection tool? ›

Use the Shape Selection tool to select shapes with one click. If you convert a shape into a bitmap element by simplifying the shape layer, the Shape Selection tool will no longer select the shape (use the Move tool instead).

How do I fit a shape into a shape in Illustrator? ›

1 Using the Selection tool ( ), click on the triangle shape if it is not selected, then Shift+click on the ellipse. 2 Select the Shape Builder tool ( ) in the Tools panel. Click and drag from one shape to another. The triangle and ellipse are combined into one shape.

Which tool select the image in an irregular shape? ›

The lasso tools are used primarily for selecting irregular shapes.

How do I crop a picture to a different shape online? ›

Cropping pictures into shapes online is so easy. Just open fotor.com on your computer, and you can finish your all operations. Upload the image you want to cut out, and select the shape from our toolbar. There are heart shapes, circle shapes, and more.

How do I crop without resizing? ›

Press-and-hold the Shift key, grab a corner point, and drag inward to resize the selection area. Because you're holding the Shift key as you scale, the aspect ratio (the same ratio as your original photo) remains exactly the same.

Where is the option to crop a selected picture? ›

Crop the margins of a picture

Click the picture, then click the Picture Format tab on the toolbar ribbon. On the Picture Format tab, select Crop. Black crop handles appear on the edges and corners of the picture. Crop the image by dragging any crop handle inward.

How do you crop precisely in paint? ›

Right mouse click on the selection and choose Crop. Right mouse click on the image and choose Resize. Click on Pixels. Enter horizontal or vertical size (the other side will self adjust) • Save and name.

How do I resize a photo on my iPhone without cropping it? ›

To get started, open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. In the “My Shortcuts” tab, tap the Plus (“+”) button in the top-right corner to create a new shortcut. Tap the “Add Action” button. Search for and then add the “Resize Image” action.

How do I Crop an image into a shape in paint? ›

In your file, select the picture that you want to crop. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to Crop. (If you don't see the Picture Format tab, make sure that you've selected a picture (not a shape).) Point to Crop to Shape and then click the shape you want to crop to.

How do I Crop a perfect square in paint? ›

To crop an image on MS Paint with the rectangular selection tool, open your image in MS Paint and locate Select at the top left. From the dropdown menu, select Rectangular Selection. Click and drag the cursor over the part that you want to crop.

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