When selecting images for a PowerPoint presentation, it can be easy to fall into the trap of assuming that any image is better than no image at all – but this isn’t always the case. For professional looking slides, it’s a good idea to maintain a consistent look when incorporating images, especially when they fall on the same slide.
While you could spend an endless amount of time searching for that perfect set of complimentary images, chances are there’s an easier way. Here are three tips for creating more consistent, professional visuals using the PowerPoint Picture Tools at your disposal.
#1. Recolor a PowerPoint image
Let’s say you have a slide with three bullet points, and you would like to accompany each with an image. You already have three images that will work well, but when you add them to your slide they look disjointed since one is a color photo, the next is black and white, and the third image dons one of those fantastic sepia filters.
No problem, PowerPoint Picture Tools to the rescue! To bring some uniformity to your images (and save yourself the time of conducting an entirely new search for matching visuals), you can simply recolor the existing images.
First, click the image and the Picture Tools tab will illuminate at the top of your PowerPoint window. Next, click Format and select the Color dropdown menu on the left side of the screen. Select the recolor option that best suits your slide and presentation as a whole. If you’re not sure what color tone to choose, black and white is always a safe bet – it’s crisp and professional, and works well with any other colors you may be using on your slide.
#2. Add a border to a PowerPoint image
You may also encounter scenarios where you’re working with a series of images that have drastically different backgrounds or dimensions. For instance, you may have one square image, another that’s a slight rectangle, and a third with a busy background. Much like the first example above, this can cause your slide to look disjointed and cluttered.
All is not lost; you can still make these images work by adding a simple border to each. The border doesn’t have to be anything dramatic – you’ll be surprised what just a basic white or black frame can do to bring some consistency to a set of otherwise unrelated images.
To add a border, once again click the image and select the Picture Tools tab at the top of the PowerPoint window. Next, select Format, and choose a border from the Picture Styles menu. Repeat this for the remaining images, making sure to apply the same border to each image.
#3. Transform a PowerPoint image into a custom shape
Now let’s say you’re working on a slide that contains quotes from three experts in your field, and you’d like to use headshots to attribute the quotes to their respective authors. The problem is, one of the headshots was taken outdoors, while the others had a studio backdrop, and what’s more, the square dimensions of the photos really don’t align well with the text on your slide.
This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the PowerPoint custom shapes option, which enables you to turn an image of any shape or size into a custom shape, without distorting the image.
Here’s how it works. From the Picture Tools tab, select the Format tab, then click the Crop dropdown menu on the right side of the screen. From the Crop menu, select Crop to Shape, and choose a shape that will complement the other content on your slide. When incorporating headshots of subject matter experts or colleagues into a presentation, a standard circle or oval shape often works well.
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