Photo book – How to change the shape of a picture box

Sometimes just adding a ‘normal’ square or rectangular picture box isn’t enough and you might want to spice things up a bit with a different shape picture box.Picture boxes come in 3 different options:

  • rectangle
  • oval
  • polygon

With these 3 different options you can create many more different shapes, you can obviously create a square with the rectangle option and it might also be pretty obvious that you can create a circle with the oval shape. But did you know you can even create a triangle with the polygon shape?

The polygon allows you to pick how many sides you want it to have, any number from 3 to 10 is possible. So you can create all sorts of differently shaped picture boxes!

To add a rectangle or square picture box you can:

  • Click on the ‘Add picture box’ icon in the menu bar directly above the creative area of your photo book or calendar. Add a picture box icon in the menu bar above the creative area
  • Or use the menu option: Insert > Picture Box > Rectangle
  • Or use the shortcut keyboard combination: CTRL + Shift + B

This automatically inserts a square picture box onto the left hand side page. You can drag this picture box to the location you want, change the size of it by using the blue round ‘handles’ on every corner of the picture box and in the centre of each side. You can even change the angle of it using the green round ‘handle’ in the top left corner of the picture box. If you want it to be an exact size it is best to click on the tab with the ruler on it in the ‘Inspector’ (on the far right hand side of your screen). That is where you can set the exact location and size of each picture box. More about that another day.

To add an oval or round picture box you can:

  • Use the menu option: Insert > Picture Box > Oval
  • Or use the shortcut keyboard combination: CTRL + Shift + O

There is no icon on the menu bar that allows you to insert an oval shaped picture box instantly. You either have to use the menu option or the shortcut option. If you want you can also add a square picture box first and change it to an oval or round shaped picture box. See below how to change a picture box from one shape to another shape.

To add a polygon picture box:

  • Use the menu option: Insert > Picture Box > Polygon

There is no keyboard shortcut option for polygon shaped picture boxes, you can only add one using the menu option or see below how to change a picture box from one shape to another shape. The example shows how to change a picture box from a square one to a round one, but you can also select polygon in the same place where you change the square one to a round one.

To change a polygon picture box to a triangle (or to a shape with multiple sides):

Add a polygon picture box or change another shaped picture box to a polygon shaped picture box.

Once you have the polygon shaped picture box you will see the options ‘Sides’ and ‘Angle’ directly underneath ‘Shape’ become active. You can now change those settings.

Standard the polygon has 4 sides and the angle of it is 0. Now use the slider next to ‘Slides’ to change the polygon to only have 3 sides and you have a triangle!

Drag it the other way and you can create a shape with 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or even 10 sides!

You can also play with the angle of the picture box, either using the green round ‘handle’ on the picture box or in the Inspector. If you want a triangle with a flat base you can type in the angle 330. Then all you have to do is adjust the size and drag it to the location where you want it and you’re done!

To change a picture box from one shape to another shape, for example from square to round:

  1. Click on the ‘Add picture box’ icon in the menu bar.
  2. Change the shape of the square picture box to an oval shaped picture box using the ‘Shape’ option in the Inspector (on the first tab): option to change the shape of your picture box

You can see the square, round and polygon options. There is also a line option, I will discuss that one in another post!

And here is something I prepared earlier to show you what different shapes you can use for your photos in your photo book šŸ™‚

different shaped picture boxes

different shapes picture boxes - polygon

Where have you used the polygon sizes? Would love to see what you have done with this option!

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