How to Place a Picture Inside a PowerPoint Shape

PowerPoint is all about visual presentation of information. You can place a variety of pictures, from photographs to clipart images, inside a shape on a presentation slide to drive home a point to your audience.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

Enhance the Appeal of a PowerPoint Shape With a Picture

Enhance your slide with a PowerPoint shape. Better yet, place a picture of your product inside that same shape.

Here's How to Do It

  1. Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation.

  2. Select the slide where you want to insert the shape.

  3. Go to Insert.

  4. In the Illustrations group, select Shapes. This reveals a dropdown list of the available shapes.

  5. Choose the shape that fits your needs.

  6. Drag over the section of the slide where you want to place the shape.

    If you want to use a different shape, change it. Select the shape, go to Drawing Tools Format, select Edit Shape > Change Shape, and choose a different shape to replace the existing shape.

  7. Select the shape.

    PowerPoint shape on a slide
  8. Go to Drawing Tools Format.

  9. Select Shape Fill to reveal a dropdown list of options.

  10. Chose Picture. The Insert Pictures dialog box opens.

    Picture Fill in PowerPoint
  11. Choose one of the following:

    • From a File to insert a picture stored on your computer.
    • Online Pictures to find an image online to use.
    • From Icons to insert an image from the icon gallery.
    Insert Pictures in PowerPoint
  12. Navigate to or search for the picture you want to use, choose it, and select Insert. The image is inserted into the shape.

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