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(This post was first published in March 2011. We're Today's post on fitting pictures into PowerPoint is part of a series by Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint: The New Language of Business, a 12-step process for creating clearer and more convincing PowerPoint presentations for the boardroom. You can also check out his series of quick video tips for business managers using PowerPoint. Note: This post was first published in 2011)
Ever have this problem? You have a great picture for your PowerPoint slide, but it fits awkwardly on the page, leaving a big gap of white space. This looks really amateurish.
What do you do? Here are three graphic design tips to make this slide look more professional.
Make the picture bigger. Increase the picture size and crop it so it fills the entire PowerPoint slide. Make sure the text fits the contours of the picture. In this example, the text is ragged on the left so it curves around the eagle's head (left). Justified left creates an invisible border that cuts this picture in half (right).
Amateurish slides dent your credibility. Spend the extra time with your pictures so they look designed into the slide, and not just slapped awkwardly into place.
-- Bruce Gabrielle
Excellent options. Is there any way you can get remove enlarge a picture without being pixilated?
No easy answers here. Use the largest image you can find or the images with the highest resolution to give yourself room to crop it and resize it. For instance, if you download Creative Commons images from Flickr, choose the larger sizes.
If the image you're using is too small, it will become pixelated and look "jagged" when you try to increase the size and it will be unusable.There's no way to add pixels to an image, so choose the image with the highest resolution to start with.