Monday, February 15, 2021

How To Edit a Picture in PowerPoint

MS PowerPoint is an amazing tool for creating slideshows. Students and Project coordinators use PowerPoint for slideshows during the presentation. Apart from slide creation, you can edit a picture in PowerPoint.

Once you insert a picture in PowerPoint, you'll see a lot of editing tools. Previously, we've discussed how to make the background transparent using PowerPoint. Read this post if you'd like to edit a transparent image.

If you're not familiar with Photoshop, you can try PowerPoint to edit images. Though Photoshop has a lot of powerful features than PowerPoint, you shouldn't ignore Microsoft's product.

Some of the features of PowerPoint are Design, Transitions, Animations, and Slideshow. Each feature comes with its sub-tools for editing images.

How To Edit a Picture in Powerpoint


  • MS Office with PowerPoint software.
  • Windows PC.
  • An image for editing.

How to Add Pictures to PowerPoint

First of all, insert a picture into PowerPoint to start the editing process.

  • Open MS PowerPoint on your Windows PC.
  • Go to Insert > Picture.
  • Select and open an image from the Windows Explorer dialog box.
Your image will be loaded in slide 1.

How to Change the Picture Color

Once you added a picture, Picture Tools will be activated. Under the Format menu, you'll see a lot of options for editing the image. If you'd like to change the color of the image,

  • Click the Color option.

Change picture color

You can set color saturation, color tone, and much more. The set transparent color is very useful if you'd like to make an image transparent.

Under Picture color options, you'll see various features. Some of them are:

1. Fill.

2. Line color.

3. Reflection.

4. 3D-Format.

5. Glow and soft edges.

How to Adjust Brightness, Contrast, Soften and Sharpen the Image

If the image is too sharp, you need to soften it. If the image is too bright, you've to decrease the brightness. To access these options,

  • Go to Picture Tools > Format.
  • Click on Corrections.

Picture corrections

How to Apply Artistic Effects

You can give your desired painting effects to your image using Artistic effects. Some of the artistic effects are:

1. Chalk sketch.

2. Pencil sketch.

3. Watercolor sponge.

4. Glass look.

To play with these effects,

  • Go to Format > Artistic Effects.

Artistic effects

How to Add Shapes to an Image

Adding additional shapes to an image is not necessary if you'd like to keep the original taste. In case, if you want to add shapes like Arrows, Rectangle, Oval, circles, etc., and so on, follow the below guide:

  • Go to Format > Insert > Shapes.

How to Give Picture Styles

Images without frames or styles may give a boring look. For slideshows in PPT, the default styles like rectangle and portrait pictures give you an old fashioned-look. You could add some spicy styles to your images in PPT. I would recommend some awesome styles for your pictures. They are:

1. Metal frame.

2. Drop shadow rectangle.

3. Rounded diagonal corner.

4. Beveled oval.

5. Rotated.

To add any of these styles,

  • Go to Format > Picture Styles.

Picture styles

To add some more effects to your image,

  • Go to Format > Picture Effects.
Here, you'll find many effects like Mirroring, Glow, Reflection, and much more.

How to Change the Border Color of Picture Styles

Now, you've added a beautiful style to your picture. The Picture style might be either white/metallic or black borders. 

So, to add a suitable border color,

  • Under Format > Choose Picture Border.

Border color

How to Add Text to an Image

Slideshows without Text won't give much meaning. To match an image to a particular situation, Texts can help to convey better meaning.

To add Text,

  • Go to Format > Insert > Text Box.

Add text icon

After clicking the Text Box,

  • Click on the image where you want to insert text.
  • Add a meaningful text. 
Here, you can change the font type, size, and color of the text.


Editing images in PPT is really fun and easy. If you rely on paint for editing images, you should try PowerPoint to enhance the quality of the image. After editing the image, run a slideshow to see the output. Once the editing process is completed, save the image file.