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.

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.

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Preventing Blurry Pictures: The Keys to Clear Images

TechSmith Camtasia

There’s nothing more frustrating than blurry pictures. 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.

What is hi-res?

TechSmith Camtasia

Your coworker asks for a photo, so you quickly email him the one from the web. Images are made of tiny pixels (picture elements), or squares of color. You usually don’t notice individual pixels because they all blend together to form the picture that you recognize. You can see pixels when you zoom in really closely to a picture, or if you try to enlarge an image beyond what it can handle. Use hi-res photos for sharp prints and to prevent jagged lines.

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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.

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.

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

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

When the Send to iPhoto dialog box opens, ensure your options match the picture below. 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. Open the Photos folder and locate your slides.

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

Trivantis

I use my phone to take a lot of pictures of my cat, as loyal Everything eLearning Blog readers have probably noticed.). 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 touch-screen devices entering the picture, dragging and dropping items around becomes even more of a nuisance to your learners.”.

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)

Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Use scenarios – apply what you know to make a decision.Ask the learner to take info that’s not clearcut and apply it using a question (in PPT – picture of a farmer and 3 images of “experts” to ask for advice. SMES get married to the content and often lose sight of the bigger picture. Intregrate text with graphics – don’t have a picture on one side and the list of items to look at on another side of page. Put the labels right on the picture.

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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.

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

Learning Visions

Use scenarios – apply what you know to make a decision.Ask the learner to take info that’s not clearcut and apply it using a question (in PPT – picture of a farmer and 3 images of “experts&# to ask for advice. SMES get married to the content and often lose sight of the bigger picture. Intregrate text with graphics – don’t have a picture on one side and the list of items to look at on another side of page.

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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. Create a picture frame. And then create funky picture frames and more funky picture frames. 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.

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. Solid backgrounds are good because you don’t get that blocky color striping that you get with pictures. The key is not to have a massive file. The more you record, the larger the file.

6 tips for using images in your e-learning material

eFront

Use pictures to tell a story. Don’t use pictures as mere decoration or ornamental elements. Ask yourself if adding a specific picture or graphic serves this purpose  if it doesn’t, leave it out. If you can’t afford to hire a professional photographer or illustrator to create original artwork for your content, then the second best option is to buy stock art and pictures from a image stock service such as istockphoto.com. File size also matters.

10 Training Video Software

Ed App

To add videos to your lessons, all you have to do is to drag and drop the video file into the upload box or select it from your computer. While they have a free plan, the assets will include watermarks and you’ll only have a file size upload limit of 2 GB.