Images are common components in slideshows, adding visual flair to your presentations. So what if you have a photo with a place you want to focus on? With a little editing, you can highlight part of an image in PowerPoint.
It could be the face of your business or mission, a product on the store shelf, or a handshake showing a good business relationship. Whatever you want to highlight, you can do it easily.
Add your picture
As a reminder, you can add a photo or image to your PowerPoint presentation with just a few clicks.
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Select the slide and place on it where you want to place the image. Go to the Insert tab and click the Pictures drop-down arrow. Choose the location of the image from “This device”, “Stock images” or “Online images”.
Find the image you want to add and click “Insert”. From here you can drag to move or resize the image on the slide as you wish.
Next, you’ll insert a shape to cover the part of the image you want to highlight.
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Go to the Insert tab and click the Shape drop-down arrow. Choose the shape you want to use from the variety of options.
Your cursor turns into a crosshair, so drag to draw the shape on your image. You can adjust the shape after drawing it by dragging it to move it or by dragging it in or out of a corner or edge to resize it.
Don’t worry about the color fill you see in the shape. This will not show up after following the remaining steps.
Merge and Split Elements
Select the image then the shape. You can do this by holding down Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac as you click each one. Be sure to select the image first.
Go to the Shape Format tab that appears. In the Insert Shape section of the ribbon, click the Merge Shapes drop-down arrow and select “Split”.
This merges the image and the shape together while fragmenting the shape so that it is separate.
Apply blur or another effect to the image
Now that the image and shape are merged, select the image (not the shape). Next, navigate to the Image Format tab that appears.
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In the Adjust section of the ribbon, click the Artistic Effects drop-down arrow. To blur the image except for the shape, choose the Blur option. You can choose a different effect if you prefer.
You’ll see the fragmented shape in full focus with the rest of your image blurred, highlighting that part.
To make changes to the effect, right-click on the image and select “Format Image”.
When the sidebar opens, it should direct you to the Artistic Effects section of the Effects tab, but if not, go ahead. Expand Artistic Effects if necessary.
You can then use the slider to increase or decrease the amount of blur. If you choose an effect other than blur, other options may appear.
You can also try out the other effects here using the Artistic Effects drop-down list.
Highlighting part of an image in PowerPoint allows you to emphasize focus. And for other ways to edit pictures in PowerPoint, check out how to crop a picture to fit a shape or how to make a picture transparent.