There are many different ways that you can use to modify the properties of a digital image. Microsoft Word has great options that can let you do advanced adjustments to your digital images. In this video, author Richard Harrington walks you through how to adjust the size of a digital image in Microsoft PowerPoint.
Once you've added a photo to a slide, it may become necessary to adjust its size. Maybe you're trying to integrate it with some type on the page or you might find that you have additional options to change how large the image presents. Maybe you want to focus on only part of the image or put several images onto a slide. Let's take a look at how we can resize and we'll also have a quick refresher on cropping. There are many ways to adjust the size of an image. To start, make sure the image is active and then go to the Format controls.
In this case, you'll see the size measured in height and width. Now, this particular image is actually wider than the slide. You might notice it there. If you grab a corner, it will scale proportionally and this may make it easy for you to snap the image into place. Now, if you can't see outside of the slide, just pinch to zoom or you can use your Zoom slider in the lower right corner. This may make it easier to see what's happening as you try to position things.
In this case, the image is bigger than the slide so when I present this full screen, parts of the photo will be cut off. Let's position this here so the top edge is aligned to the top of the slide. Let's go ahead and start the slide show from the current slide and you'll see that because I positioned the top edge of the photo in the correct space, the elephant's trunk is not cut off. Paying attention to your edges is really important when working with a full screen image.
Alright, let's press Escape and we'll go on to the next photo. In this case, the image does not fit the dimensions of the slide. One of the things I want you to be extremely cautious on is stretching the photo. One of the things I see people do often is just grab the edges and pull. Now, that did fill the frame but if you look at the people in the shot, it's very obvious that the photo has been distorted. This is a photographic no no and it leads to an image that just doesn't feel right.
Back under the Format controls here, you'll see Size and what I suggest is click on the popup box here to open up the advanced controls and you can click Reset. That'll take it back to the default size. Let's go ahead and zoom out here. Now, you'll see the full size of the photo. Let's go ahead and size this to something that's going to work. Grabbing the corner makes it a bit easier and we can get that in the near area.
I'll position that on the slide and I've got a pretty good idea of its position. Now, if needed, I can also click on the Crop button here and this will allow you to adjust the crop. You can now choose what part of the photo to see. There we go. And adjust accordingly. Now, under the Format Picture controls, there's an option called Best Scale For Slide Show and this will scale the image based on a target resolution.
However, I find that it doesn't give me the type of manual control that I really want. Remember, you can easily type in width or height here to taste and if needed, combine that with cropping. The basic controls will be up here for width and height or of course, you could just grab a corner and pull to constrain the image. This will allow you to accurately place it then once you present the slide show that it presents the target size that you're hoping for. Remember, feel free to adjust the size of the images to taste.
If you're looking to get very precise, you can also combine an image with a shape. We'll go ahead and select this last photo here and I'll choose the image. From the Format tab, I can also choose to crop. Remember, you have the ability to crop to a target shape. You'll find many choices available. Let's go ahead and choose a rounded rectangle here and I'll adjust the shape of that rectangle.
Be careful not to stretch the photo. Instead, use the Crop controls to pull in. Now, I can grab the edge and pull and you see it's cropping the photo, not distorting it. This will allow you to reposition within the element. Once you click outside, the photo is now cropped to the target shape. Grab the corner and you could adjust the element and position it on the slide as needed.
This will allow you to both resize and mask the photo. We cover masking and cropping more in an earlier movie so feel free to revisit that if you'd like some more advanced controls.
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