Create Pictures From PowerPoint Slides

Converting your PowerPoint slides into images can be useful for many reasons. You may want to embed a slide in a document, post it on social media, or even print it. Fortunately, saving PowerPoint slides as images is quick and easy. This article will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Why Convert Slides to Images

Here are some common reasons for converting PowerPoint slides to images:

  • Embed slides in documents or webpages – Adding slides as images allows you to embed them seamlessly into Word docs, PDFs, webpages, etc.
  • Post on social media – Social platforms like Facebook and Twitter don’t support PowerPoint files. Saving your slides as images lets you easily share them.
  • Print slides – Printing slides as images maintains the formatting and ensures the highest print quality.
  • Preserve slide content – Converting to an image “freezes” the slide so the content can’t be edited or changed.
  • Reduce file size – Image formats like JPG and PNG take up less storage space than PowerPoint files.

How To Save A Single Slide As An Image

Saving one slide from your presentation is simple:

  1. Open your PowerPoint file and select the slide you want to save in the left thumbnail pane.
  2. Click File > Save As in the top menu.
  3. Choose where you want to save the file and give it a name.
  4. Click the Save as type drop-down and select an image format like JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc.
  5. Click Save.
  6. In the dialog box, choose Just This One to only save the selected slide.

And you’re done! The slide is now an image file you can use anywhere.

Convert All Slides In A Presentation

To save every slide in your deck:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click File > Save As in the top menu.
  3. Choose where to save the files and give them a name.
  4. Pick an image format from the Save as type menu.
  5. Click Save.
  6. In the dialog box, select All Slides to convert every slide.

PowerPoint will create a separate image file for each individual slide using the file name you specified plus a number, like “Presentation1.jpg”, “Presentation2.jpg”, etc.

Image File Type Comparison

When saving PowerPoint slides as images, there are a few popular file formats to choose from:

  • JPEG – Great for photos. Compresses well but can lose some image quality.
  • PNG – Higher image quality. Large file sizes. Good for diagrams and text.
  • GIF – Supports animation. Must have fewer colors. Good for web.
  • TIFF – Very high quality but very large files. Good for printing.

In most cases, JPEG or PNG will provide the best results. JPEG works well for slides with photos and backgrounds. PNG is better for slides with text, logos, and flat graphics since it preserves quality.

PowerPoint Slide Image Size

When you save a PowerPoint slide as an image, you may notice the resulting image size doesn’t match the slide dimensions. That’s because PowerPoint uses inches while image formats use pixels.

The default image resolution is 96 DPI. That means a slide that’s 10 inches wide will save as a 960 pixel image. Resulting image sizes can be small for printing or embedding so you’ll often want to increase the resolution before exporting slides.

On Windows:

  1. Exit all programs and open the Run command
  2. Type regedit and press Enter
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\PowerPoint\Options
  4. Create a new DWORD value named ExportBitmapResolution
  5. Set the value data to the DPI you want like 300, 600, 1200, etc.

Now your slides will export at that higher resolution for better print and display quality.

Enhance Images Before Export

A quick way to improve the appearance of exported slides:

  • Add solid fill backgrounds – Removes white backgrounds that can blend into documents
  • Increase font sizes – Small text can become illegible when images are resized
  • Simplify designs – Remove subtle gradients, lines, and effects that won’t export well

Spending some time optimizing the design means your slide images will look better once converted.

Export PowerPoint Slides To Images With Third-Party Tools

While saving slides as images in PowerPoint works fine, you can also use free third-party tools for more advanced conversion options:

  • Zamzar – Supports over 1200 file types. Custom sizes. Batch conversion.
  • CloudConvert – Fast online converter. Handles multiple files and sizes.
  • UPDF – Robust Windows/Mac tool. Lossless image quality and color accuracy.

These tools give you more control over the export, allow bulk image conversion, and some even retain maximum image quality.

Final Tips

  • When saving slides to use in printed documents, aim for 300 – 600 DPI resolution.
  • Always preview the converted images at their target size before use.
  • For web use, 72 – 150 DPI is ideal for keeping file sizes small.
  • Be purposeful about image format selection – don’t just default to JPEG if PNG is better for your needs.

Converting PowerPoint slides into images is super simple whether you want to save a single slide or batch export every one in your presentation. With a few tweaks to resolution and design, your PPT visuals can easily be reused anywhere you need stand-alone images.