Create a video zoom effect from photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You’ve probably seen videos which are just a series of photos that zoom in or perhaps move a little. It’s great for personal photos, employee photos, event photos, etc. Here’s the video I created from some photos I took at a local park last fall.

Create a video from photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Do you have some business photos that you would like to highlight in a presentation or post on your company’s website as a video? Or perhaps you just want to show some friends your personal photos. Either way, you can use PowerPoint’s Photo Album feature.

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Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

PowerPoint Tips

A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. . Can you see how the vignette effect intensifies the center of the photo and therefore makes the man’s dismay feel more powerful?

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Photo-editing features in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint 2010 added some new photo editing features that let you do a lot of your work right inside PowerPoint. Watch this video to see how you can use these new features for your photos. Backgrounds & color Images blur colorize photo-editing softenIn this video, I discuss 3 features on the Picture Tools Format tab: Corrections. Color. Artistic Effects.

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Free photo-editing tools

PowerPoint Tips

When you want to insert a photo into PowerPoint, you should think about how you can edit that photo to improve it. So here’s a list of free photo-editing tools. Of course, you can use them for your personal photos or any other use, not just for PowerPoint.

Make your communication personal with photos

PowerPoint Tips

Here are a few ideas to connect more effectively with your audience: Include a photo of yourself on the first and last slides. Take photos of real employees in your company and use them on several slides. Content Images connect graphics photos visuals

How to Find and Select Great Free Photos for Your Presentation


Photos add emphasis and excitement to your presentations. When looking through the many sources of copyright-free photo sites available on the Internet, it is important not to get carried away with quantity and neglect quality.

6 steps to create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

How can you create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint? Insert a photo that is appropriate for this technique. ” I used a photo of a jet, taking a cue from the video. Expand the photo, if you want, to cover the entire slide.

PowerPoint Tip: Full Screen Photos

Manner of Speaking

I recently came across this short video. In it, Dave Paradi explains why photographs in a presentation can be more effective than reams of text when it comes to getting a message across to our audiences. Dave uses an example from a presentation on which he worked. He shows the original slide that was full of text and the slide that he developed to replace it. He then gives us his rationale for the change.

4 secrets to choose the best images for your slides

PowerPoint Tips

Images images photos picturesYou use images in a presentation for 3 reasons: To help your audience understand what you are saying. To help them remember what you are saying. To persuade them to change their mind and take action. How do you choose the best images for your presentation?

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Camille Seaman on Taking Photos and Taking Risks

Duarte Blog

The resulting photos can be seen in her book The Last Iceberg. Photographer Camille Seaman’s daughter was watching Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel one day, when Camille stopped what she was doing to admire the storm’s light. Her daughter noticed her and said, “Mom, you should do that!”.

Congratulations to the winners of the “stickout” photo contest!

PowerPoint Tips

In my blog post, “ 6 steps to create cool stickout photos in PowerPoint ,” I explained a dramatic technique to create photos that “stick out” from a background. The back photo has a gray background and is cropped from the bottom.

Why sign the photo release?

More than PowerPoint...

Stock photos pretty much suck. After a few years of looking at your friend’s photos on Instagram and Facebook, your eyes have been accustomed to seeing real people doing real activities. In contrast, stock photos of people faking their emotions doesn’t quite resonate with you anymore.

Crop a picture by an exact measurement in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

It’s great for framing photos. The inside is not filled but of course you can place a photo in that blank space. This gives me the dimensions that I need for my photos. So here you can see that the size I want for my photos is 2″ high by 1.5″

The 10 Best Websites for Downloading Free Stock Photos

Presentation Guru

However, many websites offering stock photos can cost a fortune. One of the best ways of making attention grabbing presentations is to use eye-catching visuals. The most convenient way to do that is to make use of readymade presentation templates and high-resolution images.

2 PowerPoint 2013 secrets

PowerPoint Tips

Find only photos. Instead, you can just type the word photo in the search box. Backgrounds & color Images eyedropper photos I just gave a webinar on upgrading to PowerPoint 2013, explaining all the new features and how to use them.

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Office Clip Art gallery is going away

PowerPoint Tips

I’m very upset by this, because I use its photos daily. While much commentary (include a funny riff by Conan on TV) focus on the line art, the text of the blog post makes it clear that photos will also disappear. Get a budget to buy photos. Start taking your own photos.

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PowerPoint Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Use Google Images to Find Photos

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In my workshops, whenever I speak about using photos in a presentation, someone always asks about Google Images. Because photos are copyrighted and you can’t use them without permission. They needed a photo, so they did a web search and found one that would work perfectly. It ended up costing the advertising firm $4,000 to settle the case when they could have purchased a photo for around $10.

Poignant Photos from Fatal Christmas Morning Fire, Stamford, CT (2011)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the process for one lawsuit, photos have emerged of aspects of the charred This Old House in Stamford. The early morning Christmas fire in 2011 which snuffed out five lives was the second major tragedy in Connecticut.

Highlight one part of an image in color

PowerPoint Tips

Here are the steps: Find a photo that you want to use and insert it. Select the photo, then copy and paste it to duplicate it. Select the original photo and choose Format tab> Color and choose the first swatch (Saturation 0%) to make the photo grayscale.

Make a collage of photos

PowerPoint Tips

A collage of photos is very simple to create. The photo of the woman with the blond hair is a little light, but you don’t have to be too particular. From the Picture Styles gallery, choose a style for all of the photos.

Photos from the International Speechwriting Conference in London

The Eloquent Woman

Photos from the recent International Speechwriting Conference have just been posted on Flickr, and I''ve pulled shots of the day and some of my favorite speakers for an album on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook.

Fire & Photography | A Duarte Field Trip

Duarte Blog

On the longest day of the year, a group of Duartians set out for a special nightime version of our Photo Field Trip. Diary Event Video caltrain fire light light writing night photo field trip photography summer solstice

Paul Ryan Does Workout Photo Shoot With Time (PHOTOS) Huffpo

TJ Walker Interactive

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Miscellaneous Photos

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Some stuff I once had on SmugMug, now back online, but now on Flickr: Tags: Grab Bag

Media Training Tip on Photos | Media Training

TJ Walker Interactive

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 258) – Sophocles

Manner of Speaking

“Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.” — Sophocles Photo courtesy of shakko. Quotes for Public Speakers public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Sophocles

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Productive Photo Walk Today

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Yeah, it's been quiet on this blog. That doesn't mean I haven't been productive. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm posting more of my most recent work from this morning's stroll through Martinsburg, WV. To see everything I'm putting out there, just hop over to my flickr page. To see what I consider to be my best work, follow the link below to my little home on 500px. mikepulsifer on 500px. Grab Bag

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 264) – Oprah Winfrey

Manner of Speaking

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — Oprah Winfrey Photo courtesy of Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers Oprah Winfrey public speaking public speaking quotes quotes vulnerability

A PHOTO Caption Contest

Humor Power

A caption contest using a picture with some photo editing to customize it. Brad, a funny guy and humor pro, inserts a photo of himself into the Royal Wedding. Here is the caption I wrote for the photo. Contests Brad Montgomery creative humor writing photo caption contest

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 252) – Jack Kerouac

Manner of Speaking

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac Photo courtesy of Tom Palumbo. Quotes for Public Speakers TED Jack Kerouac public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes simplicity

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 256) – Jim Rohn

Manner of Speaking

“Time alone is really essential, to get away and contemplate, think, and wonder.” — Jim Rohn Photo courtesy of Ramine5677. Motivation Quotes for Public Speakers Jim Rohn public speaking public speaking quotes quotes

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PowerPoint Slide Makeover #67: When the appeal of a full-screen photo is the wrong approach

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

But if you are tempted to use a full-screen photo just because it looks cool, consider the advice from this makeover that shows how a simple visual can communicate more effectively in some cases.

Kellyanne Conway = New Hillary in Bad-Photo Game

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Drudge Report was in the front lines of media posting unflattering photos of Hillary Clinton. Who has replaced her in the bad-photo cesspool is another JD: Kellyanne Ftizpatrick Conway. That kind of attack resonated more than it probably should have because Clinton had a JD from Yale.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 259) – Jonathan Evison

Manner of Speaking

“You have to smile, if you expect anybody to smile back.” — Jonathan Evison Photo courtesy of Keith Brofsky. Quotes for Public Speakers Jonathan Evison public speaking public speaking quotes quotes smile

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Drudge Report - Pledges Never To Post Another Hillary Photo Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The conservative Drudge Report's signature became posting unflattering photos of Hillary. Well, the news website headlines with a neutral photo of Hillary and the pledge that this will be the very last photo of Hillary that it will post.

One more fire update -- with photos!

Speak Schmeak

How about another update? It's been two weeks since the fire. My burns have healed up nicely and are mostly ugly and itchy. Bub has not been so lucky. Some of his were not healing at all and have only just started to get with the program.

Drudge Report - As Nataliagate Escalates, Will There Be Return to Unflattering Hillary Photos

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Such support could drive the Drudge Report to resume posting those unflattering photos of Hillary. But now and then there have been Hillary photos which depicted her as a caricature of the negative attributes associated with her.

Value of a Good Head Shot Photo

Speaking Of...

Sometimes the only image of you that potential clients have is your head shot photo. Is it time to freshen your image and have new photos taken? It always amazes me how speakers will spend a small fortune on a website, and still use a photo from long ago as a marketing tool.

Drudge Report - At it again with unflattering photo of Hillary

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Drudge Report's signature had become unflattering photos of Hillary Clinton. The photo features a wild-eyed Hillary. Then as the media commented on that, the web site cooled it. But today Drudge has returned to that MO. The headline reads "High Anxiety." " The link is to an article by The Hill on nervous Democrats and what they want Hillary to do. The message sent is that Hillary is off her game and has pivoted to manic.