Today, we’re going to configure your PowerPoint software so that we can only export high-resolution images (or, preferably, high-quality images).
Let’s Explain This Just a Little More
When you save your PowerPoint slides as an image, it comes out pretty crappy, and there’s a reason for this. PowerPoint is configured to export images at 96 Dots Per Inch (or DPI), which will force your pictures to be exported at awful resolutions, like 960 × 720 or 1280 × 720.
What we are going to do is configure PowerPoint to export images at 300 DPI instead. This way, PowerPoint will export only high-resolution images. We’re talking 3000 × 2250 or 4000 × 2250 resolutions.
Why High-Resolution Images Matter
Resolutions are like “image quality.” A high-resolution image leads to something bright, crisp, and bursting with color. A low-resolution image leads to everything being blurry, grainy and pixelated. Unless you want to look unprofessional, there’s absolutely no reason for you to use low-resolution images.
There is a caveat at play, though. The higher an image’s resolution is, the bulkier the total file size will be. It’s important to be aware of how much space your pictures are taking up just in case you plan on doing something with them (like sending them to somebody via email and going over the file size limit).
Easy, but a Little Technical
Although this tutorial is straightforward, you may run into a few issues if you’re not technically savvy. Therefore, it is imperative that you follow every single step I make on the video shown above.
For convenience’s sake, the file directory listed in the video tutorial is: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\[16.0 or 15.0 or 14.0 or 12.0 or 11.0 depending on the software you have, watch the video to find out more]\PowerPoint\Options
Check out the Microsoft tutorial on how to do this right here.
An Update for Mac Users
A fellow Slide Cow follower e-mailed me with clarification on how to do with with a Mac. You can see his e-mail below.
When using Powerpoint from Office 365 on a mac, you can set the size of the image file by typing in the image size, say 1920×1080, in the export menu window. There doesn’t seem to be any way of adjusting the DPI preference settings as for the windows version. Unless you have found some magic trick I can’t find.