How to compress PowerPoint presentations and reduce picture file size

BrightCarbon

Including high-quality images and videos often adds hugely to audience engagement, but it also adds file size. Adding to your file size means that your presentation is likely to sit on the unfriendly size of email etiquette, but it also means your PowerPoint will run a lot slower (and it may crash – see this article for more on that ). Here are five ways to compress PowerPoint file size for easy emailing and speedy running of your presentation.

How to Play the eLearning File Size Game Without Losing Quality

eLearning Brothers

Have you ever had to play the File Size Game? The game we play is when we decrease course file sizes to load faster for your learners without losing quality. You might want to have a file size game plan. File Size Game Strategy. If your course are loading slowly, what media files are you going to downsize first? You might be tempted to downsize the video because it may be a bigger file. Second, reduce video files.

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Reducing File Size for E-Learning Media

E-learning Uncovered

For example: we recently completed an e-learning course on disaster relief with photos from the organization’s public relations department. We also worked on a harassment prevention course that incorporated scenario photos from a professional photo shoot. Some of these photos had a file size of 10MB or higher. Imagine building an e-learning course with dozens of photos this size–the course size would cause all sorts of problems with the students.

What is hi-res?

TechSmith Camtasia

Your coworker asks for a photo, so you quickly email him the one from the web. The lo-res image on the right looks great at its normal size (100%), but when we zoom in, it looks choppy. Today, we usually only see pixelated images when images are enlarged or zoomed-in too much, or printed from a lo-res file. Use hi-res photos for sharp prints and to prevent jagged lines. Heavy file size can be a clue, but not in all cases. Hi-res files are a great thing.

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How to Choose the Best Images for Your e-Learning

Trivantis

We’ve all seen e-Learning that features endless stock photos of people in business environments, sitting at desks but not actually doing anything related to the job your learners are training for. Take the time to create your own images if your budget allows, or really search through stock photo sites to find the best image. For free stock photo resources and more, read this Friday Finds blog. Having people in the picture also makes a photo more memorable and interesting.

Introducing Tech Tuesday toolbox

Mike Taylor

Pixlr | Online Photo Editor — A powerful free and premium online photo editor! Quickly find media that is inflating the file size and reliably and easily replace fonts throughout your presentation. In my experience, most people love tech tips and tools.

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Optimizing Graphics for eLearning

SmartBuilder

Have you ever thought about how graphics’ file sizes impact elearning courses? As an author, you’ll work faster with smaller files: objects move smoother, regenerate quickly, save faster. Photo of work environment. Photo of narrator. Resizing significantly reduces the file size. Their final size is 100 x 100 pixels. It doesn’t reduce the file size. Remember, scaling an image in the authoring tool won’t change the file size.

PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac: Give a Presentation From Your iPod

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

In this instance you are choosing JPEG because of its relatively small file sizes. Select the Photos tab at the right of the iTunes window. Select Sync photos (put a check mark next to the option). If you have the option to do so, select Include full-resolution photos. If you were to navigate to the Photos folder of your iPod you could now view your presentation on your iPod. Open the Photos folder and locate your slides.

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Working with Images in eLearning (part 1)

Matthew Guyan

As eLearning developers we regularly work with images in our projects and while we aren’t all graphic designers, it helps to have a basic knowledge of the terminology around image properties and file types which is what this post is about. When sourcing images from a photo website I look for a high ppi or dpi number: In this example I’d choose the medium (or maybe the large) over the small as it would be a higher quality and better for resizing.

Compressing Media in Your E-Learning Authoring Tools

E-learning Uncovered

In my last blog post , I shared the basic reasoning behind optimizing your e-learning media files and how to reduce file size using external tools. You can choose from a Standard setting (an optimized compression level designed to keep file size low and still maintain quality) or Custom if you’d like to manually set the quality settings for the different media types. The Optimized for Web Delivery settings use optimized compression levels to keep file size low.

5 Steps to a Graphic Development Workflow for E-Learning

ATD Learning Technologies

The answer might be that you need illustrated diagrams or a custom photo shoot. Here is what I file in each of the folders: Source Graphics: Original photos and images that will be modified for final use, as well as Photoshop and Illustrator files. Assets: These are the client assets, such as marketing photos, logos, color palettes, and so forth. Reducing the dimensions to reduce the size of the file. Stock Photo Downloads.

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In-app branding with EdApp: a how-to guide

Ed App

Please note that images must be a PNG file with a maximum file size of 5MB. See the above photo for reference. Some of our most requested features are around branding capabilities and how to increase your branding within EdApp. We are happy to announce that branding can be further optimised to build a more customised learning experience.

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Want to Create the Best Responsive Courses? Follow These Best Practices

Trivantis

File size isn’t the only thing you want to cut down on. That probably means you shouldn’t add any superfluous cat photos, unfortunately…. With mLearning on the rise, learners are starting to expect to be able to take courses on their mobile devices—and they expect them to look good. There are certain best practices you should always follow to ensure your courses provide the best user experience. First things first: bigger isn’t always better.

Something new under the hood

TechSmith Camtasia

Photo credit: Speedin'. Second, by saving you time and hard drive space when working with project files. Normally when you boost video quality or framerate, the file size also increases. But somehow our dev team managed to suspend one of the laws of nature and dramatically decreased the file sizes of recordings. The graph shows comparative recording file sizes for various types of content we tested.

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Preventing Blurry Pictures: The Keys to Clear Images

TechSmith Camtasia

While you can try tinkering in a photo editing program, or shrinking the image and crossing your fingers in hopes that no one looks too closely, the best strategy is to start with crystal clear pictures. We’ve rounded up some of the best info we have on capturing high quality images – whether it’s a photo from a camera, or a screenshot on your computer screen. A low resolution photo may look great on screen, but look blurry when printed.

30 Awesome Remote Work Tools for Teams

The Training by Nelle Blog | Corporate Training and Consulting

Bloomfire : A comprehensive knowledge-sharing platform to extend knowledge across the organization with Q&A features, follow posts, streamlined search features, Rich publishing (photos, graphs, media), and AI-generated tags. Glip : Task management software with features that include screen/file sharing, team chat, calendars, and more. Microsoft Teams : Allows you to make calls on a global scale and can handle large live event sizes: from 10 to 10,000 people.

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Screencast of the Week - Red Gate, Coding by the Sea

TechSmith Camtasia

However, the team had come back from the coast with some great photos, a good story and a new product. Pay as much attention to your audio as you do to 'what's happening on the screen' * Static photos with a good voice narration work very well because your speakers can talk more freely without a camera in their face and videos with moving heads + lips need a really high frame rate to look good so you'll save on overall file size without them.

6 Factors to Consider while Digitizing Books at Scale

Hurix Digital

The ASCII format helps to reduce file size and allows text to be searched, reformatted or processed by third-party applications. While a paper guillotine can be used to unbind the book, a better option is hand-unbinding as this helps to preserve text, and more critically, allows higher-quality scans on two-page wide materials including graphic art, photos and centre cartoons. The first step of the book digitization process is to create the master file.

Understanding Image File Formats

TechSmith Camtasia

You’ve grabbed the perfect screen shot or taken a photo, done a little editing, and now you need to get it out to the world. But, which image file formats do you need? The topics I am going to cover are how file types differ, common web sizes, vector versus raster art, and digital versus optical zoom. Common Image File Types. All of the files I mentioned previously fall into two main categories. Common Web Image Sizes.

5 Mistakes eLearning Developers Often Make

eFront

Group images, video, and audio files and text for use in constructing your eLearning course. Watch out for file size limitations, an extremely annoying shortcoming in some eLearning tools. These force you to edit your content (audio and video) into a smaller size, thereby robbing its meaning altogether! And there is nothing worse than non-functional audio and video files during the training session.

Images file types and their uses

Adobe Captivate

Image file types. here’s a list of file types and what the differences and uses are. Pro’s – salable (without loss of quality) small file size, transparent. Pro’s – 24 bit colour, photo quality, high detail. Cons – bigger than jpegs, images have very large files sizes. So next time you’re looking for or creating images, have a think about file types.

Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Other tips: Insert photos instead of cutting and pasting them – smaller file sizes! Jane Bozarth : Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint. Session hosted by Training Magazine. Effective design using PPT as a tool. Not PPT 101. But will talk about how to make instruction more engaging, interactive and interesting. Why PowerPoint? We have it. It’s cheap. It’s idiot proof. Pretty universal. Easy to deal with.

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Cognitive Load vs. Load Time

eLearning Weekly

When we tested out of the LMS, we saw some strange effects but wrote them off: surely the great and powerful LMS would handle the files more seamlessly. Bottom line, the sheer size of the files was too much to handle. Cognitive psychology ran smack into the hard wall of file size. Just by deleting unused items in your library , file size shrinks significantly. I’ve grouped text and photos in PowerPoint and saved as a single asset (.png)

How to Make Animated Gifs from Video

Rapid eLearning

Just run the.EXE file. Animated.gifs can become very large files. The more visual information on the screen, the larger the file size. And if the file is too large, it’ll take too long to download and ruin the effect and experience. The key is not to have a massive file. The more you record, the larger the file. I usually do a basic edit and then save the file to see how large it is.

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More Than 100 PowerPoint Tutorials & a Free Template

Rapid eLearning

Easily extend a photo’s background. Easy photo corners to hold images. How to reduce file size by saving slide as a PNG. With as many PowerPoint questions that I get, it’s a good thing that over the past year or so the elearning community has created about 300 PowerPoint tutorials. For this post, I decided to pull a bunch of them together so that you have them in one easy list.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Other tips: Insert photos instead of cutting and pasting them – smaller file sizes! Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points Jane Bozarth : Better than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging eLearning with PowerPoint. Session hosted by Training Magazine. Effective design using PPT as a tool. Not PPT 101.

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100+ Learning, Design & Technology Resources to Help You Get Sh*t Done

Mike Taylor

Just upload a photo or a gradient as a source and let them do the rest. Files.Design – Professional resources for digital designers including templates, sounds and other files made by Great Simple Studio. Photos & Graphics. New Old Stock – a collection of vintage photos from public archives. Moose by Icons8 — Interesting new option for free stock photos that match each other [link] You can even download them all as a big.zip file.

Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

eLearning 24-7

A greater number of people, worldwide are using SaaS then ever before, mobile products, tablets – especially the iPad – is growing at a feverish pace, people are using online storage, beyond just placing photos and media, and open source is continuing expansion. To hold photos, images, media files – eventually moved to word docs. On the Go – mobile access to documents, files, business presentations regardless of your location – instant access.

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LearnTrends Audacity and More - Best of eLearning Learning September 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

get the file size you want … - Adobe Captivate Blog , September 11, 2009. Photos you can use , September 27, 2009. Multitrack audio and creating MP3 podcast files: Podcasting for E-Learning , September 21, 2009. Best of eLearning Learning. September 2009. Upcoming Free eLearning Webinars. Metrics for the Modern CLO: How to Measure Formal and Informal Learning. Thursday, October 08, 2009. Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning.

6 tips for using images in your e-learning material

eFront

Stock images are (usually) of higher production standards than random web pictures, and you can buy sets of photos or drawings in the same style, something that will give your content a consistent look. An even cheaper option is clip-art and photo packs that contain thousands of photos on various topics (e.g For a polished look, try to keep widths and heights consistent, and avoid having widely varying image sizes  it looks arbitrary and unprofessional.

Don’t Look at the Designer Behind the Curtain

eLearning Weekly

To really squeeze all the juice out of templates so you can reduce assets and thereby file size, think visual conditioning. Templates create similar expectations, which is why designers make headings consistent in font and font size. Many will be willing, and in 1/2 hour in a conference room you can have excellent digital photos showing the 10 facial expressions you want most.