Crop a Picture into a Circle on a PowerPoint Slide Using Crop to Shape

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated January 27, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can achieve some interesting effects by cropping images to shapes in PowerPoint. However, if you want to crop an image to a circle, you’ll need to combine cropping options.

To crop an image to a circle, you’ll need to:

  1. Crop the image to an oval.
  2. Change the oval to a circle by changing the aspect ratio.
  3. Resize or move the image as required.

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Step 1: Crop an image to an oval

To crop an image to an oval:

  1. Select the image.
  2. Click the Picture Tools Format tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Size group, click the arrow below Crop.
  4. From the drop-down menu, choose Crop to Shape and then click the oval.

Below is the Crop to Shape gallery:

Crop to shape drop down menu in PowerPoint to crop to an oval.

Step 2: Change the oval to a circle

To change the oval to a circle:

  1. Ensure the image is selected.
  2. Click the arrow below Crop again and then from the drop-down menu, choose Aspect Ratio and then 1:1 to resize the crop shape to a circle.

Below is the Crop to Aspect Ratio menu:

Crop to aspect ratio drop down menu in PowerPoint to create a cricle.

Step 3: Change the size, shape or position of the cropped image

To change the size, shape or position of the cropped image:

  1. Ensure the image is selected and then click Crop again.
  2. Resize the cropped area by dragging the black crop handles. To ensure that the shape remains a circle, hold down Shift and drag a corner crop handle.
  3. Resize the image by dragging the white circle handles. To ensure that the shape resizes proportionally, hold down Shift and drag a corner circle handle.
  4. Move the image within the cropped area by dragging the image.
  5. Click outside of the image or click the Crop button again to exit crop mode.

Below is an image in crop mode. Note the black crop handles and the white circle resizing handles:

Image in PowerPoint with cropping handles which has been cropped to a circle.

You can create some really interesting effects in your PowerPoint decks when you try some of the more advanced cropping options.

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How to Crop an Image into a Circle in PowerPoint (Crop to Shape Method)
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You can crop images to circles and other shapes in PowerPoint using cropping tools. However, if you want to crop a picture to a circle, you’ll need to combine cropping techniques.
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