by Adam Noar
Today I’m going to show you a quick little “bite-size” PowerPoint tip that will save you lots of time when it comes to making different size images on a slide all the same size.
If you have two or more images of different sizes and proportions and you want to make them uniform in size, how do you do it?
The traditional way to make images uniform in PowerPoint is by using proportional cropping which, in my opinion, is a very useful technique in many situations and fits well in this case.
Let’s see an example.
You’ve got three different size images on your slide. How do you QUICKLY get them all to be the exact same size?
As you can see in the above example, I pasted 3 images of different sizes and proportions onto the PowerPoint slide.
To make them all the same size, traditionally, you just have to choose the reference image and then re-proportion the cutouts of the other 2 on the dimensions of the first.
To do this, the only solution would seem to be overlaying the images to be cut out on the first image and manually proportion the cropping frame.
I remind you that the frame is recognized by the black handles around the image. Do not confuse it with the image handles, the white dots, which are used to resize the image itself (not the frame).
Note that I have matched the cropping frame with the dimensions of the image below.
Now I fill the cropping frame with the “Fill” command located inside the cropping menu, and the image will be centered and cut proportionally on the side edges so as to perfectly fill the cropping frame.
Repeating the operation, I get the same result and finally have the three alternatives re-proportioned, but …
there is a much smarter way to quickly crop images in PowerPoint …
Introducing the Picture Layout tool:
Using the Picture Layout tool you can quickly transform your pictures to be the exact same size
Select the three images and access the menu called “Picture Layout” which, to be clear, is a kind of Smart Art menu dedicated to images.
There are different layouts to choose from. I recommend a simple layout (like in the example above) to clean up the images, but play around see what best fits your needs.
You will get a sort of Smart Art that cages the images, re-proportioning them and making them uniform in size.
As you can see, the re-proportioned images all of the same size. This technique can save you a lot of time when working with images in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint can be finicky and tedious at times. But thanks to some simple tricks you can format your slides in record time.
Here’s my question for you:
After learning about the Picture layout tool do you think you will give it a shot? Sound off in the comments below!