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Welcome to these tutorials, many of which were unique concepts when first published!


2007: features of Office and PowerPoint

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Wrapping Images in PowerPoint


Use PowerPoint's drawing tools and Grid to customize an autoshape with an image background.

The tutorial for version 2003 is here

This will be a brief explanation, sticking to how to build the technique in PowerPoint 2007. This, by the way, was done for PowerPoint Live, in October 2003, so you can get an idea of what you are in for at this magical event! But don't fret if you missed it, it is on again this year!

final result

This is an image as the background to a custom drawn autoshape. So, how was it done?

find the grids and guides dialog box

First, you need to display your drawing guides.

  1. Go to the Drawing group on the Home tab of the Ribbon.

  2. Click the Arrange button| Align| Grid Settings.

  3. Click the Display drawing guides on screen checkbox.

grids and guides dialog  box

You will end up with a couple of Guides that probably meet in the middle. If you click on one, and provided there is no actual object or image there to get in your way, you can drag them. Holding the <Control> key while you drag will produce a duplicate one.

duplicate guides

 This works for both horizontal and vertical ones. In our case, we want three horizontal and three vertical.

multiple guides

You need them "roughly" where mine are. Now to the autoshape...

free form shape

Go to the Insert tab of the Ribbon| Shapes button| and the Freeform line.

drawing the sequence

  1. Start in the top left hand corner, clicking once everywhere I have a number.

  2. You will end up with 6 points.

Right click on the shape and select Edit Points.

edit points menu

 What we will now do is turn two of our drawn points into "Corner Points".

drag point down

  1. Drag the center point down (# 6) to the apex of the previously set, top guide.

  2. Drag the end of the handle at the left side down to the apex of the guides, as shown n the second arrow above.

  3. Do the same for the point to the right.

  4. Then drag the bottom point up and do the same for both handles.

final autoshape

Doing that top and bottom, but only for the middle points 3 and 6 will produce the base for our wrap around image.  Now to add a picture fill, and get rid of the outside line.

format autoshape menu

  1. Select the Fill tab

  2. Click the File button and select your image

  3. This is a "modeless" dialog box. Your effect will be applied instantly.

picture fill dialogue box

Our final result!

final result

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Last Updated: April 02, 2005





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