Watch your pictures take shape: Insert a picture into an AutoShape in your publication

Applies to
Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
Microsoft Publisher 2002 and 2000

You can use the features in Publisher to edit your pictures in many ways: resize, set a transparent region, crop (to a rectangular shape), rotate, add fill color, add borders, recolor, and more. Although Publisher does not have advanced photo editing capabilities, such as cropping a picture to a circle or other nonrectangular shape, you can achieve some interesting effects with a little ingenuity.

Collage of pictures with different shapes

To create the effects in this example, you can insert a picture into an AutoShape, giving the appearance of a picture that has been cropped to a specific shape, such as a star or circle. Here's how you do it.

Tips to read before you start, for best results

  • Consider the choice of shape that will work with your picture. If your picture is square, inserting it into a circle will probably work well. If your picture is rectangular, an oval shape will work well. If you are interested in capturing the center of your picture, a star shape may work well.
  • You may want to crop extra space from the sides, top, or bottom of your picture so that it fits appropriately inside the shape you want. Crop and save your picture before you insert it into a shape. You can do this in a photo editing program, such as Microsoft Photo Editor, or you can do this in Publisher 2003 or 2002.

ShowHow?

  1. In a new publication, insert the picture you want to crop.
  2. Select the picture, and then click Crop Button image on the Picture toolbar.
  3. Position the Cropping tool over a cropping handle.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To crop one side, drag the center handle on that side.
    • To crop evenly on two sides at once, hold down CTRL as you drag a center handle.
    • To crop all four sides at once while maintaining the proportions of your picture, hold down CTRL+SHIFT as you drag a corner handle.
  5. Right-click the picture, and then click Save as Picture on the shortcut menu.
  6. In the Save As dialog box, select a format, or use the default format.
  7. Click Save.

Keep in mind that you cannot move the position of the picture inside the AutoShape.

Insert a picture into an AutoShape in Publisher 2003 or 2002

Step 1: Select and insert the shape you want your picture to have

  1. Open or create the publication you want to add the picture to.
  2. Do one of the following:
  3. Drag the mouse diagonally until the shape is the size that you want.

Star-type AutoShape

 Note   To add a shape with a predefined size, click the place where you want to insert the shape.

Step 2: Insert your picture into the AutoShape

  1. With the shape selected, click AutoShape on the Format menu, and then click the Colors and Lines tab.
  2. In the Color list, click Fill Effects.
  3. In the Fill Effects dialog box, click the Picture tab.
  4. Click Select Picture.
  5. In the Select Picture dialog box, locate the folder that contains the picture you want to insert, and then click the picture file.
  6. Click Insert.
  7. To maintain your picture's proportions (to prevent distortion) when it is inserted into the shape, select the Lock picture aspect ratio check box on the Picture tab (Fill Effects dialog box).
  8. In the Fill Effects dialog box, click OK.
  9. To maintain the shape's proportions when you change the size of the shape, click the Size tab in the Format AutoShape dialog box, and then select the Lock aspect ratio check box.
  10. In the Format AutoShape dialog box, click OK.

Step 3: Change the size of your picture

 Note   If you selected the Lock aspect ratio check box to maintain the shape's proportions, use one of the corner handles to change the size of the picture.

Dollar bill image inside star AutoShape that is being sized

Insert a picture into an AutoShape in Publisher 2000

Step 1: Select and insert the shape you want your picture to have

  1. Open or create the publication you want to add the picture to.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click New Drawing.
  3. Do one of the following:
  4. Drag the mouse diagonally until the shape is the size that you want.

 Note   To add a shape with a predefined size, click the place where you want to insert the shape.

Step 2: Insert your picture into the AutoShape

  1. With the shape selected, click Colors and Lines on the Format menu.
  2. In the Color list, click Fill Effects.
  3. In the Fill Effects dialog box, click the Picture tab.
  4. Click Select Picture.
  5. In the Select Picture dialog box, locate the folder that contains the picture you want to insert, and then click the picture file.
  6. Click Insert.
  7. In the Fill Effects dialog box, click OK.
  8. To maintain the shape's proportions when you change the size of the shape, click the Size tab in the Format AutoShape dialog box, and then select the Lock aspect ratio check box.
  9. In the Format AutoShape dialog box, click OK.

Step 3: Change the size of your picture

 Note   If you selected the Lock aspect ratio check box to maintain the shape's proportions, use one of the corner handles to change the size of the picture.

 
 
Applies to:
Publisher 2003