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How to add an image to text in PowerPoint

How to add an image to text in PowerPoint

Recently in one of PowerPoint tutorials we talked about editing shapes. We discussed and explained the different methods in which you could edit a shape. One of these methods was to use the ‘Merge Shapes’ tool. With this tool you could combine multiple shapes to create a completely new shape. One the world had yet to lay their eyes on. This tool also allowed you to do things like combine, subtract and fragment shapes against each other. Today we are going to use the same tool to transfer image to text.

In short, we are going to style text using an image. This will lead to text with an image wrapped around it. In the past you would have had to use a program like Adobe Photoshop to create these types of effects. But when Microsoft added the merge shapes tool to PowerPoint they added more possibilities than ever before.

Please note that when you add an image to text you are converting the text to an image. This means you will not be able to edit the font afterwards.

The ‘How to add an image to text in PowerPoint’ video

The ‘How to add an image to text in PowerPoint’ step-by-step guide

Step 0ne – Open blank slide

Start off with a blank slide. The only reason why we want to work on a blank slide is to make sure we do not work in a messy area. We want to make sure that there is nothing in the way that we could accidentally merge into our text.

blank slide

Step Two – Insert text

Now that we have a blank slide, we want to add in some text. Go to the Insert Tab, under the section marked text, press the Text button.

Once you have inserted a text box, enter any text that you want to add an image to text. As mentioned above it is important to make sure it is right now before we proceed. This is because when we add the image to text it will convert it to an image and you will not be able to change the text afterwards.

Step Three – Format text

This step is important and not to be missed. You can use any font of your choosing but I would recommend using a larger font. PowerPoint does have a couple of fonts that I like to use. These are

  • Rockwell Extra
  • Franklin Gothic
  • Arial Black
  • Gill Sans

Or if you would prefer, you can always add your own font to PowerPoint. You can go through our tutorial on adding custom fonts to PowerPoint to do this.

The reason as to why we recommend using a large font is so that the text will take over more of the image. This will give you more detail and make the image a bit more recognisable. Once you have selected your font and wrote your text, increase the size of it using the increase font size button. You want it to fill the slide as much as it can.


Step Four – Add image

Once you have inserted the text and formatted it to your liking, you need to add the image you want. There are many resources online to get images (check out our favorites) or you could use one of your own.

You can make the image whatever size you want, just make sure that it is bigger than the text.

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Step Five – Send the image to the back

Or send the text to the front. Which ever it is that you want. This is being done so that we can see which part of the image we will be covering the text in.

Select the image, then right click. Press ‘Send to back’.send to back

Step Six – Position text

This is personal preference. Place the text where you want on the image. This will then be what the text will look like by the end of this guide.

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Step Seven – Let the magic happen

Now we are going to add the image to text. Select both the text and the image. You can drag from outside both to capture both or press the image then while holding Ctrl press the text.

With both objects selected go to the now present Drawing Tools – Format tab.

Do not go to the Picture tab.

On the left-hand side of the ribbon, under the insert shapes section you will see ‘Merge Shapes’, press this to get a drop-down menu.

Select ‘Intersect’. You should now be left with only the text on the screen but this time it will be covered in the image.


Step eight – Enjoy

Use your image to text any way you want. Use it in your presentation. Or save it as a picture and use it somewhere else. In flyers, banners, web design or Christmas cards. The only limit is your imagination.


And there you have it. How to add an image to text in PowerPoint. Hopefully you seen how easy this was and will try it again.

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