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Save a portion of an image as a picture

Logic: reuse parts of your images

Before I start, there is another, very good technique that you should check out , which does a crop with a lot of accuracy. It is from Mukund Nadkarni  on

PowerPoint Heaven.

Anyway, it is easy to save a portion of an image as an image in both PowerPoint 2003 and 2007.

PowerPoint 2003 first:

Ass an image as your slide background. Right click on your sidle and select Background.

slide background menu

Select Fill Effects.

fill effects menu

The picture tan and Select Picture. Browse to a picture and select OK.

select picture button

Click Apply.

apply to slide

Draw a Freeform Curve.

insert a curved line

This is the result.

curve result

The the background Fill of the Autoshape to Background.

set background to background

Right click on the image and save as Picture.

save as picture


image result

PowerPoint 2007 second:

PowerPoint 2007 is the same except:

1. The sequence is different.

2. We can add some special effects to the image before we save it as a picture!

Right click on the slide and select Format Background. Load an image via the File button.

2007 slide background


Go to the Insert tab of the Ribbon and Shapes| Curve. draw a curve around your picture.

insert curve

This is the result.

curve result

Set the Autoshape to background fill.

slide background fill

We also add a Format tab, Soft Edges, 25 point.

add soft edge

Right click and save the Autoshape as a picture. Load it into a new slide, and this is the result!

image result





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