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How to add a picture inside the text in a PowerPoint slide

If you want to draw attention to your PowerPoint presentation, you need to try this method out. We will show you how to add text inside a picture in a PowerPoint slide. Imagine that you can insert an image inside the text in Microsoft PowerPoint. In this article, you will learn two methods to fill a text with a picture in your PowerPoint slide. You can make different outcomes, choosing which one suits your PowerPoint presentation best.

Method 1 – How to add a picture inside the text in a PowerPoint slide

Do you like to see an image that fills a text? You can create this in Microsoft PowerPoint. Please notice that the first method does not work on older PowerPoint versions.

Add a picture to your PowerPoint slide

We will start by opening a new PowerPoint presentation slide. Then open a new blank slide. First, you need to add a picture to see it inside a text in PowerPoint. Therefore, it is better to have the image ready on your PC to use in the PowerPoint slide.

Steps to add a picture to a PowerPoint slide:

  1. Go to the Insert tab in the ribbon
  2. Click on Pictures
  3. Select > This device
add picture to PowerPoint fill text
  • The Insert Picture dialog box opens up
  • Browse and click on the picture you want
  • Click on Insert
Insert picture to text fill

You will see the image on your PowerPoint slide. You don’t need to do anything if your picture fills the entire PowerPoint slide.

In our example, we can see some white background on the left and right of the PowerPoint slide. If your picture is smaller than the slide, and you can see the white background, you need to enlarge it. You can make the picture larger, so it fills the entire background.

  • Click on the picture you inserted
  • Go to one of the four bullets at each corner of the image
    • The mouse cursor changes into an arrow on both sides
  • Click & drag the bullet to make your picture larger

Even though the image will be bigger than the slide, you will not see the extra.

Add a rectangle shape to your PowerPoint slide

The next step is to add a rectangular shape to cover the entire image in your slide.

How to add a rectangle shape to your PowerPoint slide:

  • In the Home tab
  • Go to the Drawing group > Click on the rectangle shape
  • Then go to the corner of your slide to insert the rectangle > your mouse cursor changes into a cross
    • Click and drag to cover the entire PowerPoint slide
Click and drag rectangle shape

Then you can change the color of the shape to anything you like. In our example, we will change the rectangle shape to white.

How to change the color of a rectangle shape in PowerPoint:

  1. Click on the rectangle shape you inserted
  2. Then go to the Drawing Tools > Format
  3. Go to the Shape Styles group > Click on Shape Fill
  4. Select the color your like, e.g. white

The rectangle shape changes to the color you chose. You can also change the shape fill’s color at the end.

shape rectangle fill color powerpoint

Add a text box to your PowerPoint slide

Then we need to add a text box to the same PowerPoint slide.

How to add a text box in PowerPoint:

  • Click on the Insert tab
  • Go to the Text group > Select the text box
  • Your cursor changes into a cross in your PowerPoint slide > Click & drag to create a text box
Add a text box to your PowerPoint slide
  • Then you type the text in it > e.g., Curious

If your background rectangle shape fill (e.g., black) has the same color as your font (e.g., black), you will not see the text your type. However, you can format the text later in the following steps.

Select the text to modify the font or size:

  1. Select the text
  2. Change the font to something bold
    • e.g., Segoe UI Black
  3. Then change the font size
Format text size and font in PowerPoint

Sometimes you need to click & drag one of the eight bullets around the text box to make the text in one line.

Then reposition the text in the center of the PowePoint slide:

  • Click once on the text box
  • Go to the lines of the text box
    • Your mouse cursor has four small arrows pointing out.
    • It means that you can drag the text box and place it somewhere else

We have centered our text box in the middle, as shown in the picture below.

Click & drag reposition text box

Merge shapes and combine

The last step is to merge the rectangle shape with the text box.

  • Click on your text box
  • Hold the Ctrl button
  • Click on the background rectangle shape

Now you can leave the Ctrl button.

  • Then go to the tab Drawing Tools > Click Format
  • Go to the Insert Shapes group > Click on Merge Shapes
  • From the selection > Choose Combine
merge and combine shapes in PowerPoint

Once you merge and combine the two shapes, you will see the picture you had in the background through the text font. The background rectangle shape stays white, as you can see in the below picture.

You can always change the shape fill of your rectangle shape and make it, e.g., black. Follow the previously mentioned steps by going to Drawing Tools > Format > Shape Fill > Select a color. Your PowerPoint slide changes the color you picked and will look like the picture below.

Change background color of shape fill in PowerPoint

Method 2 – Add picture inside the text in PowerPoint using WordArt

This method works on Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. Unlike the previous method, the advantage is that it lets you edit the text later. In addition, the steps are easy to follow, where you start by typing text and inserting a picture WordArt Text Fill later.

Insert text and change font

First, you need to open a new blank PowerPoint slide.

  1. Go to your Home tab in the ribbon
  2. Go to the Drawing group > Click on the Text box
  3. Click on your PowerPoint slide to insert the text box
    • Then drag it to enlarge the text box
    • Write the text in a text box
    • We type > Curious
how to add a picture inside the text powerpoint

Select the text to change the font and size:

  1. Choose a font that is bold and large
    • In our example > Segoe UI Black
  2. Change the font size
    • Type the size > e.g., 200
  3. Click and drag on one of the eight bullets to enlarge the text box
    • Do this step if the text box is too small, or the text is not on one line
how to add text inside a picture in word

WordArt Text Fill with a picture in PowerPoint

The next step is to fill the text with an image.

  1. Select the text
  2. Go to Drawing Tools in the ribbon > Click on the Format tab
  3. Go to the WordArt Styles group > Click on Text Fill
  4. Choose Picture from the selection
wordart text fill powerpoint

Like the picture below, you may get a warning saying that you can’t use this feature. Just click on Work Offline.

The service required to use this feature is turned off.
  • The Insert Picture dialog box opens
  • Browse for your picture and click on it
  • Then click on Insert
Insert picture to fill text in powerpoint

Your picture will be inserted into the text of your PowerPoint slide. You can also change the chosen image if you don’t like it.

  • Click Ctrl + Z to undo your last movement
  • Or select the text
  • Then follow the steps again to insert a picture from WordArt > Text Fill > Picture

Remove any special effects and No Outline for shape and text

Remember to remove any special effects in the Word Art. Check if you have no shape fill and no outline. You can find these in the ribbon under Drawing Tools > Format.

Check in the Shape Styles group:

  • Shape Fill > No Fill
  • Shape Outline > No Outline
  • Shape Effects > Check if all effects are not in use

In the WordArt Styles group:

  • Text Outline > No Outline
  • Text Effects > Check if all effects are not in use
how to add text inside a picture in word

Conclusion

You have learned two different methods to add a picture inside the text in a PowerPoint slide. The first method is not suitable for all Microsoft versions. Here you must start by inserting a picture, and then you need to type the text on it. The second method lets you type the text, and then you can fill the text from Wordart with a picture. In the end, remember to remove any special effects and No Outline for shape and text.

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