Place an image in a PowerPoint form

PowerPoint is all about the visual presentation of information. You can place a variety of images — from real images to clipboard shapes — in any presentation to grab your audience’s attention.

  1. Enhance the attractiveness of a PowerPoint form with an image
  2. Draw a shape on a PowerPoint slide
  3. Fill options
  4. Insert or link an image to a shape
  5. Insert an image into a PowerPoint form
  6. Should I link to an image or embed it in a PowerPoint form?
  7. sample image

Enhance the attractiveness of a PowerPoint form with an image

Enhance your slide with a PowerPoint form. Better yet, why not put your product image in the same shape? Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open a new PowerPoint presentation or one in development.

  2. Select a slide for the image shape.

  3. Click on the tab Insert on the tape.

  4. In the Illustrations section, click the button figures † This shows the drop-down list for selecting forms.

  5. Click on the form that suits you.

Draw a shape on a PowerPoint slide

  1. Once you’ve selected the shape you want, click and drag your mouse over the part of the slide where you want it.

  2. Release the mouse when you are happy with the shape.

  3. Resize or move the shape as needed.

If you are not satisfied with the choice of the form, select it and press the key remove on the keyboard to remove it from the slide. Then simply repeat the previous steps with a new shape selection.

Fill options

  1. Press form on the slide to select it if you haven’t already.

  2. On the right, notice that the drawing tools are above the ribbon.

    • This Drawing Tools button is a contextual tab that, when clicked, activates a separate ribbon with options specific to drawing objects.

  3. Press the button Drawing tools

  4. Press the button fill form to open the drop-down list of options.

  5. Click in the list shown on Image † A dialog box will open Insert picture

Insert or link an image to a shape

It’s just good homework to keep all objects (whether images, sounds, or videos) in the same folder that contains your presentation.

With this habit, you can easily copy/move the entire folder to a new location on your computer or even another computer and know that all the elements of your presentation are intact. This is especially important if you prefer to link files rather than insert them into a presentation.

Insert an image into a PowerPoint form

  1. In the Insert Picture dialog box, locate the desired picture on your computer.

    • Click on an image file to insert (and paste) it into the form.

    • OR
    • For other options:

      1. Press empty area the Insert Picture dialog box. (This will allow you to take the next step).

      2. Move your mouse over the desired image file (don’t click on the file). This one will choose image file, but won’t insert it yet.

      3. Click drop-down arrow next to the “Insert” button.

      4. Select Insert photo or one of the options Clutch as described below.

  2. The form is now filled with your photo.

Should I link to an image or embed it in a PowerPoint form?

After you open the “Insert Picture” dialog box, you have three options to choose from when inserting a picture into a PowerPoint form. All three options look the same to the viewer, but have different properties.

  1. Insert † This option speaks for itself. You simply paste the image into the shape. The image is embedded in the PowerPoint presentation and always remains in the slide show. However, depending on the resolution of the image you choose, this method can significantly increase the file size of your presentation.
  2. file link † This option does not actually place the image on the form. When you find the image on your computer and select the “File Link” option, the image will appear in the form. However, if the image file is moved to a new location, the image will not appear in the slideshow and will be replaced by a small red X
    There is two good news when using this method:

    • The resulting file size is significantly smaller.

    • If the original image file is enlarged, resized, or otherwise altered, the updated image replaces the image in your file, so your presentation is always up to date.

  3. Paste and link † This third option performs both tasks as above. It embeds the image in the presentation and also updates the image in case of changes to the original. But:

    • Please note that the file size will increase significantly when using a high resolution image.

    • If the original image is moved to a newer location, the latest version of the image appears in your presentation.

sample image

This image shows a sample image in a PowerPoint form.

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