Most of Google Drive services like Google Docs, Slides, etc., offer built-in image editing features. You don’t need a third party photo editor to edit your photos separately. For example, you can create an image in a circle in Google Slides itself. Curious how to crop an image with a shape in Google Slides? Find the answer and the solutions in this article.
You can create stunning graphics by hiding images with shapes. The result depends on your creativity. You can even create collages in Google Slides by putting images of different shapes.
Doesn’t that sound exciting? Let’s check out the steps to format a picture in Google Slides on Android, iPhone, iPad, and desktop. We will start with the PC, followed by mobile applications.
How to crop an image with a shape in Google Slides on the web
Step 1: Open slides.google.com in a browser and open a slide you want to edit.
2nd step: Click on the image to select it. The selected image will have a blue border. If you haven’t added a picture yet, go to Insert> Picture in the top menu bar and insert a picture.
Step 3: When the image is selected, click the small down arrow next to the Crop icon in the top bar. A menu with a variety of shapes will appear. Select the required shape to hide your image.
The shape will automatically crop your image.
To fit the image inside the shape, double click on the photo. A black border will appear around it. Drag the image to change its position inside the shape. You can adjust the size of the image in the shape by dragging the border.
Point: If you want to increase the size of the final shape containing your image, click once on the image to select it. Then drag the image using the borders.
Similar to any standard image, you can further format the hidden image in Google Slides. To do this, right click on the hidden image and select Format options. Then choose the formatting option of your choice. You can recolor the image, adjust brightness and contrast, add highlight and shadow to your cropped image in a particular shape.
Additionally, you can add border to your image to make it look different. You can customize the color, size and style of the border. To do this, click once on the image. Then select the appropriate border customization style from the menu bar.
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How to reset the image to the original photo
There are two ways to undo the shape mask. In the first method, click the small arrow next to the Crop icon on the top bar when the image is selected. Select the rectangular shape.
You can also right click on the image and select Reset Image. However, this will also remove other image customizations you might have made for the image in Google Slides. You can also remove the hidden image and add the original image back.
How to Format an Image on Google Slides on Android
Step 1: Launch the Google Slides Android app and open the required presentation to edit it.
2nd step: Tap the image of your slide to select it. Then tap the Crop icon at the bottom.
Step 3: Tap the Mask icon available on the bottom bar. Select the desired shape from the list.
Step 4: Tap outside the image to apply the mask. Double-tap the masked image to fit the image inside the shape.
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How to hide an image with a shape in Google Slides on iPhone / iPad
Step 1: Open the Google Slides app on iOS / iPadOS.
2nd step: In the desired slide, tap the image. Tap the Crop icon.
Step 3: The Mask icon now appears next to the Crop icon. Tap on it. The list of shapes will open. Tap the desired shape.
This is what the final image will look like. You can adjust the masked image by double-tapping the image.
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Bonus: create a collage in Google Slides
By using shape cropping, you can create different styles of images. The same concept can be used to create a collage in Google Slides. Basically repeat the same steps for all of the images in your collage, and your collage should be ready.
Have fun with pictures
If you are a fan of Bitmojis, you can add them to Google Slides to create more personalized slides. Bitmojis can also be masked in shapes, as shown in the steps above. You can also use Canva to crop images into different shapes. The same images can then be inserted into Google Slides. We hope you were able to insert pictures into shapes using this tutorial.
If you don’t like the masking features that Google Slides offers, you should check out five websites that let you crop your images into shapes. Check the following link for the same.
Last updated on Dec 10, 2020
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