Usually, you crop a picture by selecting the picture, clicking the Format tab, and clicking the Crop button. Then you drag the crop handles. This process works well for many situations.
But if you want to end up with an exact measurement — let’s say to fit the picture into a predefined space — you can do that as well.
Here you see a slide that uses the Frame shape. It’s great for framing photos. The inside is not filled but of course you can place a photo in that blank space. At the bottom of the slide, you see a red arrow pointing to the frame shape’s yellow handle. This handle lets you adjust the width of the frame and therefore the size of the inner space.
At the upper-right, you see a shape that I’ve inserted inside the frame. I adjusted the yellow handle so that the inside rectangle is exactly 1.5″ wide by 2″ high. This gives me the dimensions that I need for my photos.
First, how do you discover the exact size of that inner rectangle — or any object for that matter? Here are the steps:
- Select the object.
- Click the Format tab.
- Look for the size in the Size group. You can see this on the right.
Alternatively, right-click the object and choose Size and Position. Look on the Size tab of the Size and Position dialog box that opens.
So here you can see that the size I want for my photos is 2″ high by 1.5″ wide. Of course, the problem is that I need to crop all of my photos to that size. Although the photos themselves might all be the same size, I want headshots and I’ll need to crop so that all of the photos fit into the frames.
Crop to an exact measurement
Remember, I want to crop a photo to make it a headshot. It needs to fit into the 2″ high x 1.5″ wide space in my frame. This will involve cropping the image to get rid of the parts that I don’t want — and leave just the head.
Start by resizing the photo so that the head of the person was approximately the size I needed, but the full photo was larger. Always resize by dragging on a corner handle so that you don’t distort the photo.
PowerPoint 2013 makes this quite easy, but you can do it in earlier versions, too. Here are the steps that I used in PowerPoint 2013:
- Right-click the image and choose Format Picture. The Format Picture taskpane opens on the right.
- Click the Picture icon at the top. Doing so displays settings for picture corrections, picture color, and cropping. If necessary, expand the Crop section.
- There are 2 sections. You’ll use the Crop Position section for this operation. Crop position sets the final width and height of the image and also lets you specify how much you want to crop off from the edges. In the Crop Position section, enter the desired size of your image in the Width and height boxes.
- Your picture may not be properly centered. Use the Left and Top boxes to move the cropping border. Click the arrows up or down to easily make fine adjustments.
Here are the steps for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010:
- Rich-click the image and choose Size and Position. The Size and Position dialog box opens.
- On the Size tab, use the Crop From boxes — Left, Right, Top, and Bottom — to crop off the amount you need. Use the Height and Width boxes at the top (in the Size and Rotate section of the dialog box) to figure out how much you need to crop off.
- To see the result, click the Close button. You’ll probably need to make a few adjustments to get the result that you want.
Here’s the final slide.