Imagine taking boring text like this…
…and turning it into this…
You can use any image and merge it with text to create exciting, never-before-seen fonts that will get your audience’s attention and pique interest in your presentation.
Here’s how simple it is to merge images with text.
Step 1 – On a new, blank slide, insert a text box (Insert (tab) -> Text (group) -> Text Box) and add the relevant text, like “ICE CREAM”.
In order for this text/image merge to be as effective as possible, we need to set the font to large point size and thick font style. The larger and thicker, the better.
Step 2 – Increase the font size (ex: 90 points) and set the font style to something thick, like “Rockwell Extra Bold” or “Verdana Pro Black”.
Our next step is to change the black fill color of the font to our ice cream picture.
Step 3 – Place a copy of the picture on the same slide as the text and place the picture behind the text.
Step 4 – Adjust the size and position of the image so the most interesting parts of the picture are behind the text. This is subjective, so experiment until you get something you like.
Consider setting the Text Fill to “No Fill” and the Text Outline to “black” or some contrasting color. This will help you see the exact parts of the picture that will eventually become your text fill.
NOTE: Be aware that once you merge shapes together, you lose the original shape. The new, merged shape takes the place of the individual pieces. This is especially important when working with text. The text will become a shape.
This means that the text can no longer be edited. Make certain your message is exactly what you want in terms of content, style, and size. Alterations to these aspects of the text are unavailable once merged.
Consider creating a copy of the slide before the merge occurs. This will allow you to perform text edits and remerge to produce an updated shape.
Step 5 – To merge the image with the text, select the image, then hold down CTRL and select the text.
Step 6 – Select Shape Format (tab) -> Insert Shapes (group) -> Merge Shapes -> Intersect.
As we explored earlier, you can use the Crop feature (Picture Format tab) to reposition or resize the background image.
As a bonus, you can right-click the merged text/picture and save the new shape as an image file (“Save as Picture…”).
This can now be used in any program that can read image files. The possibilities are endless.