Crop a picture to fit in a shape

If you want to change the outline of a picture and make it a shape (like a circle or a star), use the cropping tools on the Picture Tools Format tab.

Star shape with a picture of fireworks inside it

  1. Select the picture (or pictures) you want to crop.

If you’re cropping lots of pictures at once, you have to use the same shape for all of them. To crop to different shapes, crop each picture one at time.

  1. On the Picture Tools Format tab, click Crop > Crop to Shape, and then pick the shape you want.

Crop to shape command opening the Shape gallery from the Picture Tools Format tab

There’s some other stuff you can do to change how your pictures look. Fill removes part (usually the edges) of your picture, but fills the shape with as much of it as possible. Fit makes the whole picture fit into the shape. Both maintain the original proportions of the picture.

Or maybe you want to crop a picture to a freeform or irregular shape. Check out this video (it’s done in PowerPoint, but it’ll work for other apps too).


  • If you want the same picture in different shapes, make a copy or copies of the picture, and then crop each picture to the shape you want.
  • For background information about cropping, read this blog post, cropping picture improvements.
Applies to:
Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Word 2013