Design Anything in PowerPoint. It’s Not Just for Slides Anymore (with video).

I’m a PowerPoint fanatic, and I’ve put together some ideas for you to explore that go way beyond just slides. You’re a click away from creating anything you need…print or digital. Use this software you already have to create anything from a postcard to a YouTube channel banner. Click inside for some ideas. Some how-to videos are included at the end.

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ImageExport (by PPTools) – How to Export PowerPoint Slides and Images in High Resolution (with video demos)

ImageExport is a PowerPoint add-in that makes it possible to export PowerPoint slides, and now separate images, in high resolution. I’ve written about this add-in in several previous posts, but I’d never shown you how to use it…until now.

From their Website: “PowerPoint itself can export your slides to several graphics formats, but it doesn’t let you control the size of the images, the range of slides to be exported, the way the images are named or … really much of anything. And the text quality is often very poor.”

I’ve been using this software for years, and it’s just been updated to also allow me to export images (instead of exporting the entire slide, then cropping down to the image). Major time saver for me!

I’ve recorded three videos that show you how to use ImageExport with PowerPoint. All total, they’re about 10 minutes.

  • Part 1. Gives you various examples of how I use the software.
  • Part 2. Demos how to export an entire slide.
  • Part 3. Demos how to export an image that’s on a slide.

Download the free trial of ImageExport and put this powerful, affordable PowerPoint add-in to work. It’s only $29.95!


Add Shadows to Your Graphics to Give Them More Depth

To add more depth to images, I usually add some type of artistic elements to it instead of having a flat graphic on a page. Whether it’s an image on a PowerPoint slide or here on my blog, I’ll add a shadow, soft edge, border, etc., to add another dimension to it.

When I needed to dress a graphic in WordPress, I would fix it in PowerPoint, resave the new style as a new graphic, then insert it into a blog post. After a few times doing this, I looked for a better way. And with WordPress, this is usually in the form of a plugin (computer code).

Image Shadow Plugin

After a quick search, I found one that automatically adds shadows to any jpeg I insert into a post. Check it out at and let me know what you think.

Save a PowerPoint Slide as a Picture

You can use PowerPoint to create a postcard, ad, or brochure you want to email, place on your Website, or print. One of my favorite things to do is create snazzy photo albums for my Website and email ads I send in Outlook to promote my training. I don’t know enough about PhotoShop to create what I need, but I know a whole lot about PowerPoint (I teach beginning to advanced PowerPoint in a 5-hour class that includes lunch…no kidding), so it make sense to do it like this.

  1. Create a slide in the desired size and create your masterpiece.
  2. (PowerPoint 2003) Click the File menu, Save As. (In PowerPoint 2007, click the Office button, Save As, Other Formats.)
  3. In the Save as type list, select the graphics format you want (e.g., JPEG), and then click Save.
  4. In Outlook, create a new email message. Click in the body of the message. Then click the Insert menu, Picture, Browse to find the file you just saved, OK.
  5. Once the picture is in the body of the email, you can create a hyperlink that jumps to your Web site (select the graphic, then click the Insert menu, Hyperlink, add your Web site, OK).

By default, PowerPoint will set the dpi for your picture at 96, which is not high enough resolution for printing. Later, I’ll tell you about a couple of ways around this. UPDATE: Here is the post that explains how to save PowerPoint slides in a higher resolution.