More than just Presentation software, PowerPoint can be used as a picture editor. Once your new picture is created and saved, it can be used anywhere .jpg images are accepted. Examples include social media (Facebook) and picture web sites (Flickr). PowerPoint is no longer needed to see the enhanced effects. This lesson is for users with PowerPoint 2007 and above.
In this example, the picture on the left was cropped, re-sized, styled and saved as the .jpg format on the right.
Start PowerPoint and you will begin with a new blank presentation.
From the “Home” tab in the ribbon, change the default slide layout to “Blank”.
Switch to the “Insert” tab. Click on the “Insert Picture from File” choice within the “Illustrations” section.
Navigate to the folder where the picture you want to edit is located. In my example here, I’m choosing a picture from a trip to Bushkill Falls, PA. Select the picture and choose “Open”. Tip: choose a large picture, one that is over 2000 pixels wide. This will enable you to crop and not lose quality.
The picture will fill the slide. Note that PowerPoint will automatically re-size the picture to fill the slide if it is larger that the default screen size. In addition, the dynamic “Picture Tools – Format” tab will appear when the picture is selected. This tab is new to PowerPoint 2007 and has a wealth of picture editing options. We will explore some of them in this lesson.
Select the “Crop” choice from the “Format” tab.
You are now in crop mode and the crop choice is highlighted. Note the picture corners and edges now have black bars. These are the crop handles. Click-and-drag a bar to remove unwanted parts of the picture.
In my example, I clicked on the top left corner of the crop bar, and dragged it down and to the right. This eliminated the part of the picture I do not want to keep.
Click on the “Crop” choice when you are satisfied with your changes. This will switch back to “move” mode. Tip: If you want to start over, click on the “Reset Picture” choice within the “Adjust” section of the ribbon.
Click on the “Picture Style” down arrow to reveal pre-set picture styles. Choose one of them. In this example, I chose the Soft Edge Oval. Tip: the Picture Style name will appear as you scroll over them.
This applies the “Soft Oval” style to the picture. We still see the bounding box as a rectangle. Tip: All pictures are rectangles, even if they are displayed as other shapes. Next, we’re going to re-size the picture by a standard click-and-drag technique. Select one of the re-size handles on the corner and drag to re-size.
This is about right.
Switch to the “Design” tab. Choose a Background style. I chose “Style 10”.
We are now ready to save it as a new .jpg format picture. From the “Office” button, select “Save As – Other Formats”.
Navigate to the folder where you want to save the picture and enter a File Name. From the “Save as type” drop-down menu, choose “JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)”.
PowerPoint will ask if you want to save “Every Slide” or just “Current Slide Only”. Choose “Current Slide Only”.
The new picture has been created.
Here is my folder view showing the before and after pictures.
Use PowerPoint as an Image Editor
After completing this lesson,the learner will be able to usePowerPoint to: • Crop a Picture • Re-size a Picture • Apply a Picture Style • Apply a Background Style • Save their work as a .jpg formatted Picture
Self TestWhich one is the crop handle? A) B)Where is the Picture Style located? A) Home Tab C) Format Tab B) Design Tab D) Insert TabWhere is the Background Style located? A) Home Tab C) Format Tab B) Design Tab D) Insert TabWhat save option do you chose for Pictures? A) Presentation C) Other Formats - .jpg B) PowerPoint Show D) Other Formats - .pdf
Summary:In this learning lesson, PowerPoint was used to edit and style a picture. The work was saved in a universal .jpg format that can be used on Internet social media and file sharing sites.Learn More: Explore additional Picture Style and Effects located in the Picture Tools – Format tab.