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    Inserting photos (Powerpoint XP)

    I have a presentation that requires the insertion of photographs. The pictures are in different sizes and orientations and in different formats: some are jpegs, some need to be extracted from within Word documents. Each photograph needs to be inserted into a separate slide in a uniform size and shape. Text will take up about half the slide on the left and a photo needs to be inserted on the right. I think I know how to insert the jpegs, but how do I get a photo from a Word document into the Powerpoint slide? How can I make photos all uniform size? Any help would be appreciated.
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    Re: Inserting photos (Powerpoint XP)

    I think the easiest way to import all of your images and keep them the same size will be to batch import them. There are a number of ways to do this.

    1. PPT 2002 (aka XP) has a Photo Album feature. This will allow you to insert images on each slide, and they'll all be sized the same. However, this feature actually inserts the images into autoshapes. This can be both helpful and a PITA, depending on your needs. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    2. Since you'll also have text on your slides, you might want to check into Shyam Pillai's Image Importer Wizard. http://www.mvps.org/skp This will give you more flexibility with your layout.

    3. Grab the PPT Tools Starter Set. There's a "hammer" tool and a "memorize" tool, which, when used together, allow you to "hammer" all the images into the same place on their respective slides, and it will resize at the same time if you wish. http://www.rdpslides.com/pptools/ These starter set tools are free. If you use this method and need info on how to do the resize thing, holler back.

    4. Do it manually by resizing the images in an image editor and then using Insert/Picture/From File, or resize them in PPT itself using Format/Picture (or is it Format/Object?) and changing the size on the size tab. Or just drag the corners of the images. You can place guides on the slide or turn on your grid to assist with the sizing. Or use the layout with text and content, and insert your picture into the content placeholder. (You may need to turn autolayouts on in Tools/Autocorrect for that one to size the way you want. Can't remember for sure, sorry.)

    Be careful with all these resizing things, though, because if your images are different dimensions and they're stretched to fit the same size requirement on the various slides, you may see distortion in the images. It's probably best to tweak your images in an image editor before inserting them all into PPT.

    To get your images out of Word, I'd use File/Save as Webpage. That will create a bunch of files from the Word document, including separate images. You can then insert the images into PPT using whichever way described above.

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    Re: Inserting photos (Powerpoint XP)

    > 1. PPT 2002 (aka XP) has a Photo Album feature. This will allow you to insert images on each slide, and they'll all be
    > sized the same. However, this feature actually inserts the images into autoshapes. This can be both helpful and a
    > PITA, depending on your needs. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I didn't appreciate exactly how this worked until just recently. I imported a folder of pictures using "Link to file" in the Photo Album wizard, rearranged them, added comments, and then wanted to rename a file. The AutoShape isn't a picture, it has a picture fill. The object model does not provide access to this path, so the eventual goal of changing all the links to web-friendly links was starting to look like a serious problem. The only way I found to extract the fill paths was to use Word's "Recover Text From Any File" filter and a macro to extract all JPG paths into a new document. Given a text file with that list, I wrote a PowerPoint macro to replace the AutoShapes with inserted linked pictures. It's pretty rough, but if anyone should need it, a copy is attached.

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