Shortcut to Crop PowerPoint Photos Using Smartart

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Did you know that you can use the power of SmartArt as a cropping tool in PowerPoint to edit your photos? In this video you will learn a shortcut you thought of to crop your photos in different shapes. You will even find how to batch process photo editing with the standard Smartart feature in PowerPoint.

Here is an screenshot of some of the effects you will learn to create in the video:

PowerPoint Features used in this video

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Batch processing of photo edits

PowerPoint Versions in which you can follow this tutorial:

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PowerPoint 2010

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PowerPoint 2007 (requires workaround explained below)

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In PowerPoint 2007, use the following steps :

1. Apply the SmartArt template to the picture as shown in video

2. Convert to Shape option does not exist in earlier PowerPoint versions

3. Instead, select and copy all the elements in the Smarart by using Ctrl + A and Ctrl + X

4. Delete the Smartart bounding box that remains on the slide.

5. Paste the elements back using Ctrl + V. This action ensures that the picture and text boxes are no longer Smartart but can be easily manipulated as shapes.

Continue with the steps shown in the video to remove unnecessary slide elements.

The animated templates shown in this video are from:
750+ Advanced Animation Templates for PowerPoint

Advance Animated Templates for PowerPoint

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