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How To Create A 3D Pop-Out Picture Effect In PowerPoint

If you’ve ever wanted to spice up the pictures in your presentations, a clever PowerPoint trick for doing so is to create the “out of bounds” effect or 3D pop-out picture effect, which you can pull off directly within PowerPoint (no Photoshop required).

That’s right, you can create all of the 3D “out of bounds” picture effects below directly in Microsoft PowerPoint (versions 2010 and later) using some simple background removal techniques and cropping features…you don’t need to use Photoshop.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Intro

The overall process for pulling this 3D effect off can be broken down into three straightforward parts:

Part #1 – Find your picture
Part #2 – Frame your picture
Part #3 – Pop your picture

Below is both a video tutorial and a written version of the tutorial that explains these steps in PowerPoint in detail – choose the format that you prefer!

You can also download the working files here and follow along with me.

3D PowerPoint Picture – Video Tutorial

3D PowerPoint Picture – Written Tutorial

Part 1: Finding Your Picture

When creating a 3D pop-out effect, you want to start with a good picture and make sure that the part that you want to pop-out, or create the 3D picture effect for, meets two specific criteria.

Criteria #1: High contrast – You want to make sure that your object stands out starkly from its background, as opposed to blending in with its background.

For example, the top of the below apple has good contrast (and is great for the 3D pop-out picture effect), whereas the bottom of the apple with the shadow does not, as it blends in with the desk.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 1 Step #1A

Criteria #2: Completeness – You want to make sure that your object is complete and not cut off.

For example, in the below picture of the couple, the right-side of the photo is good for creating the 3D picture pop-out effect (as everything on that side of the photo is whole and complete) whereas the left-side of the photo is not good for this effect, as the photo is cut off.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 1 Step #1B

Your picture doesn’t have to be perfect: Keep in mind that only the object within your photo that you want to create the 3D pop-out effect for needs to meet the above criteria. The picture itself doesn’t need to be perfect.

Part 2: Frame your picture

Step #1: Duplicate Your Picture – With your picture selected in PowerPoint, Copy and Paste the image to make a copy (or hit CTRL + D on your keyboard for PC users) and move it off to the right-side of the screen. We will use this copy in part 3 of this tutorial.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 2 Step #1

Step #2: Add a Border to Your Picture – Select the original picture in the center of your slide and from the Picture Tools Format tab select the Simple White Frame on the far left of the picture styles to make the image look more like a photo.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 2 Step #2

Step #3: Crop Your Picture into the Shape of a Trapezoid – With the picture frame applied (and the image still selected) open up the bottom portion of the Crop menu, select Crop to Shape and within the Shapes Gallery, select the trapezoid shape.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 2 Step #3A

The result is your picture is cut into that specific shape. As a side note, you can use this Cut to Shape technique to cut any of your pictures into any of the PowerPoint shapes for your presentations.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 2 Step #3B

Step #4: Adjust The Trapezoid Angle – With the picture cut into a trapezoid, adjust the angle of the trapezoid so that you can see the entirety of the shape that you want to have pop-out of your picture (creating the 3D effect).

To adjust the angle of the trapezoid, select the yellow diamond at the top of the shape with your mouse and adjust it manually to fit your picture.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 2 Step #4

Step #5: Crop Your Picture Down – With the trapezoid angle set, hit the top portion of the Crop command (adds black dashed lines around your picture) and pull down the black lines (the center black line in this case) that frame your photo so that most of your image is cropped out (this will make sense in a moment).

For this image of an apple, I’ve cropped it just below where it will be popping out (in the next step).

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 2 Step #5

Note: You can play around with how much of the photo you want to crop out depending on how much you want the image to pop out in your 3D effect. You can also manually adjust this later, so don’t stress out on this cropping step.

Part 3: Pop Your Picture

With the first picture all set up and cropped, now we’ll use the duplicate image we created in Part 2 Step #1 to create the 3D pop-out effect.

Step #1: Remove the Background from Your Second Picture – Select the second, duplicated picture (I’ve moved it back into the center of my slide) and from the Picture Tools Format tab, on the far left, select Remove Background.

Note: The Remove Background feature is not available in PowerPoint 2007 and earlier versions. If you have an earlier version of PowerPoint, you can use the Paint program (pre-installed and free on most computers) to remove the background.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 3 Step #1A

Next, make adjustments to your photo using Mark Areas to Keep and Mark Areas to Remove commands in your Ribbon, until you have the entirety of your picture framed and the background that you want to remove in pink (see below image).

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 3 Step #1B

Removing the background from an image can take some time, depending on your photo and how precise you’d like to be. When you are finished, hit Keep Changes in the Ribbon.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 3 Step #1C

Step #2: Set the Image on Top of Your Cropped Photo – With the background removed from your picture, simply place it over your other cropped picture, aligning the two exactly, and you have created the 3D Pop-Out Effect here in PowerPoint!

Note: You can play around with the background trapezoid image (that we created in Part 2 Step #6) to adjust the 3D Pop-Out Effect.

PowerPoint 3D Apple Picture Pop-out Trick Part 3 Step #2

(Optional Step) Moving From the Static Photo to the 3D Pop-Out Photo in Slideshow Mode:

From here, if you want to create the same 3D pop-out effect that I did in the video tutorial above (transitioning from the 2D image to the 3D image), you can either:

  • Set the 2D image on top of your 3D image and use a PowerPoint animation like the Disappear animation, to transition from the 2D picture to the 3D picture.
  • Set the images up on two separate slides (in exactly the same position) and use one of the PowerPoint transitions (such as Fade or Wipe) to transition from the 2D picture to the 3D picture.

PowerPoint 3D Picture Pop-out Trick Part 3 Step #3

Want to Show Off Your Work?

If you create a cool image using this 3D Pop-out effect PowerPoint tutorial, send me your image and with your permission, I’ll display it here to show to the world!

  • Andy

    Hi Lia,

    Just want to say Thanks a Billion for your generosity in sharing your expertise with us to create amazing effects using Powerpoint.

    I wish you a very Merry XMAS and a prosperous New Year 2015

    Rgds,
    Andy

    • Spicy Presentations

      Hi Andy,

      Thank you for such a nice comment, and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the tutorials! I will be posting more in the near future, but in the meantime, feel free to check out my YouTube channel (powerpoint spice) for additional tips and tricks.

      Merry Xmas to you too, and have a wonderful New Year as well!

      All my best,
      Lia

  • Mahin Khaled

    I just love your presentation…..incredible

    • spicypresentations

      Thanks, Mahin! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

      • Mahin Khaled

        would you write an article for the tutorial how to make kinetic typography effect. I have seen the video tutorial. But unfortunately i couldn’t do the first step whip and wipe effect 🙁 it doesn’t work out….there must be some other step which i missed in the tutorial…but couldn’t find out how to solve..though i am a beginner 🙁