How to Convert Pictures to Shapes With Visio

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How to Convert Pictures to Shapes With Visio
Elaborate drawings can be created with imported images in Visio. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Microsoft Visio offers a large range of tools for creating professional-looking diagrams, charts and drawings. In Visio, designs and drawings are produced from shapes. Shapes can have relationships with other shapes or become a member of a group of shapes. They can be created from imported images, and Visio supports most image file types. To work with an image as a shape, it first needs to be converted.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Image file in JPEG format

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  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Visio 2010 by clicking on the Visio icon in the start menu.

  2. 2

    Create a new drawing by selecting "Blank Drawing" at the bottom of the opening screen.

  3. 3

    Select the "Insert" sub-menu from the top navigation menu. Click the picture icon.

  4. 4

    Select an image file from the directory window. Choose "OK" to import the image.

  5. 5

    Resize the image by clicking on the corner buttons. Place the imported image on the drawing area by moving the mouse to the desired location.

  6. 6

    Select the image by clicking the right mouse button. Select "Group" from the pop-up window. Choose the "Group" option.

Tips and warnings

  • Converting an image into a Visio shape allows the image to be connected to other shapes. Images that are vector graphics work better as shapes than raster images.
  • An image shape takes up more memory and can slow down Visio.

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