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Сlipping mask for photos in Powerpoint

by malis | 26.02.2019

Masks for photos in PowerPoint
We often see slides with photo masks that attract us with their beauty and originality. We always ask a question how this is done. What should we know to learn making the same?
It is very simple, and I will tell you about it now.
There are some ways to make your own photo mask, but all of them have their pros and cons. Let’s consider some of them.


Method 1: Photo mask in PowerPoint presentation by means of shapes.
The essence of this method is drawing a shape (container) for our photo. To do this, we can use any object from the Shapes tab:


If we want our figure to be of a non-standard form, we can easily change it by right-clicking on the figure and selecting the Edit Points:


By mouse right-clicking exactly along the contour of the figure, we will get optional capabilities to control points:



Try to control these features yourself to draw something truly creative. In addition to manipulating the Shapes curve and points, we can use several objects to make our photo mask. To do this, draw several elements and turn them through 45 degrees:



Then we can use Union function in the Merge Shapes section and join our Shapes into one object:


Now we can draw one more Shapes by the dimensions of the slide and apply Merge Shapes - Intersect. This will allow us to trim the part of the shape that is behind the slide, leaving only the portion of the photo mask which is in the slide:



Now our future photo mask is ready; and we can insert a photo into it. To do this, select the shape and use command Shape Fill – Texture – More textures…



On the right side, click the command Format Picture – Picture or texture fill and add the photo into the shape. Below, you can independently play for a bit with the photo display settings in our mask:



Pros of this method: Simplicity and promptness. You can quickly create a photo mask without preparing a master slide.

Cons of this method: It is difficult to adjust a photo so that it is displayed correctly. When you achieve the best view, proportions are lost or even part of the image. 



Method 2: Photo mask in PowerPoint presentation by means of Slide Master.


I use only this method in my work because it allows me to create photo masks with single-click ease. Its essence is to initially create a photo mask in the Slide Master section. Go to section View – Slide Maste:



By default, we have several ready-made slide samples, but we are looking for a slide with the ability to add an image by one click, it looks like this:



We will not reinvent the wheel and take the Shapes we have already drawn for our photo mask. Now, the most important, what I call a miracle; we need to convert our Shapes into photo mask, with the possibility to insert a photo by one click:



To do this, we should place the photo mask over the Shapes and apply Merge Shapes Union, see the figure:



As a result, we should get the Shapes with an Image icon: 


That's where our preparatory work in the Slide Master section is finished, go to the View tab and return to the Normal mode:



Our Slide Master is ready; and now we can find it in the Layout section; we will create a new slide for it and apply our model to it:



Now, to insert an image, simply click on the image icon in the center of the photo mask and select a picture. If you want to change the image in the photo mask, just click the image once and delete it using the Del or Cut keys and repeat the operation.


Pros of this method: No proportions of the image can be lost in the photo mask. Any employee without additional knowledge and experience can add images.

Cons of this method: Requires skills and knowledge in preparing Slide Master.


If you are professionally involved in creating presentations like me, I advise you to select the second option, as this will give you more flexibility in using photo masks.


In my work, I actively use this method. Here are some examples in which I developed several dozens of Slide Master based on this method:



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I wish you every success in your endeavors and projects!


Author: Aleksandr Babin