How to Draw Pictures in Excel (3 Easy Ways)

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Drawing pictures or shapes can help an individual to enhance the appearance of his presentation. Excel offers various options to draw pictures or anything according to a person’s needs. In this article, we will walk you through three easy ways to draw pictures in Excel.

In this article, we will demonstrate three easy ways to draw pictures in Excel. Here’s an overview of drawing a picture in Excel.

drawing pictures in excel


1. Inserting Freeform: Scribble and Freeform: Shape Options for Freehand Drawing

In this method, we will use the Freeform: Scribble and Freeform: Shape options for freehand drawing in Excel. Follow these steps to learn how to use these options.

Steps:

  • First of all, click on the Insert tab and go to,

Insert → Illustrations → Shapes

  • Then select the Freeform: Scribble or Freeform: Shape option.

Insert Freeform: Scribble and Freeform: Shape Options for Freehand Drawing to Draw Pictures in Excel

  • Using the Freeform: Scribble option, you can draw anything you want with your cursor.

drawing pictures in excel

  • Once the drawing is complete, right-click on the drawing and select Edit Points.

Insert Freeform: Scribble and Freeform: Shape Options for Freehand Drawing to Draw Pictures in Excel

  • As a result, several points will be visible on the drawing.

Insert Freeform: Scribble and Freeform: Shape Options for Freehand Drawing to Draw Pictures in Excel

  • Now right-click on any of the points and different editing options will appear.
  • You can use these options to Add Points, Delete Points, Close Paths, etc.

  • Additionally, you can drag any point to modify the shape of the drawing.

  • Similarly, you can have a freehand drawn shape using the Freeform: Shape option.

Insert Freeform: Scribble and Freeform: Shape Options for Freehand Drawing to Draw Pictures in Excel

  • After the drawing is done, right-click on it and select the Fill option.

  • Then choose a color to fill the shape.

  • Finally, press Enter and the shape will be filled with your chosen color.

Insert Freeform: Scribble and Freeform: Shape Options for Freehand Drawing to Draw Pictures in Excel

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2. Utilizing the Shapes Option to Draw Pictures in Excel

In this method, we will the Shapes option for drawing pictures in Excel. The steps to use it are discussed in the following section.

Steps:

  • First, click on the Insert tab and go to,

Insert → Illustrations → Shapes

  • Now you will have a lot of shapes to choose from. For example, Rectangles, Basic Shapes, Flowcharts, etc.

  • Now let’s draw a rectangle. To do it, choose any of the shapes from Rectangles.

Utilize Shapes Option to Draw Pictures in Excel

  • Next, drag your cursor to draw the shape.

  • Once you stop dragging, the shape will be formed. You can edit the shapes any way you want like the previous method.

Utilize Shapes Option to Draw Pictures in Excel

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3. Using Draw Tab to Draw Pictures in Excel

Now we will use the Draw tab for drawing pictures in Excel. The B tab contains a few tools that can help with drawing various shapes. Read the following steps to learn how to use it.

Steps:

  • First of all, we need to enable the Draw tab. To do it, click on the arrow button above Page Layout.
  • Next, select More Commands.

  • Then click on Customize Ribbon and check the box of Draw.

  • Hence, the Draw tab is enabled. Click on the Draw tab to find the necessary Drawing Tools.

Use Draw Tab to Draw Pictures in Excel

  • After that, let’s draw a freehand-drawn shape and convert it into a regular shape.
  • To do it, select Pen: Black from the Draw tab.
  • Then draw your desired shape freehand.

Use Draw Tab to Draw Pictures in Excel

  • Now to turn it into a regular shape, select the Lasso Select option and then click on your drawn shape.
  • After that, click on Ink to Shape.

drawing pictures in excel

  • Consequently, the drawing will turn into a regular shape.

Use Draw Tab to Draw Pictures in Excel

Notes:
  • Drawing tools can help to create flowcharts for various purposes.
  • After finishing the drawing, group them together to prevent their dispersion.

Read More: How to Remove Drawing Tools in Excel


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Conclusion

Thanks for making it this far. I hope you find this article useful. Now you know three easy ways to draw pictures in Excel. Please let us know if you have any further queries, and feel free to give us any recommendations in the comment section below.


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Alif Bin Hussain
Alif Bin Hussain

Alif Bin Hussain earned a BSc in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. As an engineering graduate, he has a deep passion for research and innovation. He loves to play with Excel. In his role as an Excel & VBA Content Developer at ExcelDemy, he not only solves tricky problems but also shows enthusiasm and expertise in handling tough situations with finesse, emphasizing his dedication to delivering top-notch content. He is interested in C, C++,... Read Full Bio

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