Create Magnifier Glass Effect in Powerpoint Picture

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I frequently visit “Investor Relations” section of numerous companies. On one such occasion, I stumbled upon an Investor PowerPoint Presentation of a Global Auto major (BMW Jan 2014). I was mesmerized by the look of a Powerpoint picture in certain slides and started exploring techniques on how to highlight in powerpoint slides. The following picture in powerpoint was able to focus on a specific geographical area and allow more text to be written. Therefore I termed this as “Magnifier Glass Effect” for Powerpoint Picture. Since then, I have done a lot of trial-and-error exercises to replicate something similar on PowerPoint Picture with the least bit of efforts.Magnifying Glass Effect Powerpoint

Here’s a step by step process to create Magnifier Glass Effect on power point picture:

  1. Making a duplicate of the original picture (Ctrl + D)
  2. Choose a duplicate picture and go to “Picture Tools – Format” tab
  3. Click on “Crop” button and select “Crop to Shape” – preferably an oval shape
  4. Select “Crop” button and select “Crop
  5. Adjust the oval shape to focus on specific areas of the picture
  6. Click outside the picture to finalize the effect
  7. Now feel free to add Picture Effects to the magnifier glass effect or increase its size

Watch our 4 minutes video on Magnifier Glass Effect to see this trick in action:


There are much more such visual effects that help your audience focus on specific areas of the slide. Hence carry your message 10x times more effectively.

Furthermore, I have seen more concept of “Highlighter” & “De-Highlighter” used in a research report by one the Ivy League Consulting firm – Bain & Co.

You can learn all this and more from our launched “Online PowerPoint Tutorial” program.

I hope you found our article useful. If you any doubts or questions regarding this article, feel free to post them in the comment section below.

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