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.