How to Use Basic Image Editing Tools in PowerPoint

How to Use Basic Image Editing Tools in PowerPoint | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

An image is worth a thousand words, so that’s why you should make sure the images in your PowerPoint presentation have a nice quality and are well integrated within your slides. 

In this Slidesgo School tutorial, you’ll learn how to edit the images in your PowerPoint presentation so that they help convey the information in a proper manner.

Resizing an Image

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint.
  • Select the image you want to resize.
  • Click and drag one of the handles to make the image bigger or smaller. Don't forget to hold Shift to keep the proportions while resizing
Resizing an image in PowerPoint
Resizing an image

Removing the Background from an Image

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint and select the image that you'd like to adjust.
  • On the Picture Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Remove Background.
Remove Background option

By default, the areas highlighted in magenta will be removed. However, this can be further adjusted by using the options found on the Background Removal tab.

  • If you click Mark Areas to Keep, you can then draw on the image to mark those areas you want to keep.
  • When you’re done, click Keep Changes.
Remove Background option in PowerPoint
Remove Background option
  • Conversely, if you click Mark Areas to Remove, you can then draw on the image to mark those areas you want to remove.
  • When you’re done, click Keep Changes.

Rotating and Flipping an Image

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint
  • Select the image you want to modify.
  • On the Picture Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the Rotate drop-down arrow and select the desired option.
Rotating or flipping an image in PowerPoint
Rotating or flipping an image

Cropping an Image

  • Select the image you want to modify in your PowerPoint presentation.
  • On the Picture Format tab, in the Size group, click Crop.
  • Click and drag the handles to modify the cropping.
  • When you’re done, click anywhere outside the image and the mask.
Cropping an image in PowerPoint
Cropping an image
  • You can use the options found in Crop to Shape if you want to crop the image to a specified shape. To access these options, on the Picture Format tab, in the Size group, click the Crop drop-down arrow → Crop to Shape.
Cropping to a specific shape in PowerPoint
Cropping to a specific shape

Adding a Border to an Image

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint and Select the image you want to modify.
  • On the Picture Format tab, in the Picture Styles group, click the Picture Border drop-down arrow.
    • Theme Colors/Standard Colors: Here you can choose the color for the border.
Changing the color of the border in PowerPoint
Changing the color of the border
  • Weight: Here you can set the weight of the border line.
Changing the weight of the border in PowerPoint
Changing the weight of the border

Changing the weight of the border

  • Sketched: Here you can choose the kind of sketched line you want for the border.
Applying a sketched border line in PowerPoint
Applying a sketched border line
  • Dashes: Here you can choose between different dashed lines (or a straight line).
Applying a dashed border line in PowerPoint
Applying a dashed border line