When I teach PowerPoint I always insist on using very strong visuals to make a point rather than endless bullet point. Striking visuals will be more easily remembered by your audience. Without having to learn photo editing techniques, you can still produce interesting effect. In this tip, using AutoShapes with background pictures, we see how to

Turn this picture of a meat stall and a dog

 Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint

Into a salivating thought bubble for this cute puppy. Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint

Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint

  1. Insert a shape of your choice from AutoShapes on the Drawing toolbar to your slide. Here I selected a thought bubble shape from Callouts.
     Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint    
  2. Right-click the shape on the slide and select Format AutoShape. The Format AutoShape dialog opens.
     Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint
  3. Choose Fill Effects from the Fill Color dropdown list (Colors and Lines tab).
     Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint
  4. Click Select Picture on the Picture tab and browse to select the picture you want to insert. Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint  Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint
  5. Confirm and close all the dialog boxes.

 Give your pictures more interesting shapes in PowerPoint

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