PowerPoint Study Essentials
Create an image gallery using PowerPoint.
Start by opening a blank presentation then Design Tab> Slide Size> Custom and change the width and height to e.g. 5cm. Duplicate the slide master as required. Insert images on each slide and resize them over the square.
Use SHIFT+F5 to view how they will look as thumbnails. Save the presentation as either JPG or PNG files (they will be automatically saved in a folder). Insert a shape with no fill by selecting the rectangle shape but holding down SHIFT to create a square.
Right-click on the square and select Size and Position and change this to e.g. 2cm width and height. Duplicate and align the squares.
TIP: to duplicate any object in PowerPoint, hold down the CTRL key and click hold and drag away from the object you wish to duplicate.
You can follow the method for creating thumbnails to recreate a new common size for your images or you can use the handy guide features now in PowerPoint.
Pick an image as a master that has the correct size. Move another image next to it and you will notice ‘registration lines’ (red-dashed lines) indicating the objects are exactly aligned (see image below).
You can now right-click and crop down to the registration line. Repeat this step and resize as required so that the images are the same size. The red line reappears when you need to set your crop point.
TIP: To resize multiple objects in PowerPoint, hold down the SHIFT key and click on each object then resize using any corner handle.
The Reset Button is actually only a shape object the same colour as the background. Insert> Shape and then fill as required. In this example the background is brown. It is a good idea to rename the object e.g. ‘COVER’ in the Selection Pane.
Select the COVER object, add an animation from the Animation Pane: APPEAR-ON CLICK with the trigger set to the RESET BUTTON object. Ensure that the COVER file is placed above the image files.
The Exit Button is also a shape object.
Select the EXIT object, then click Insert> Action> Hyperlink to END SHOW. This will exit the file (useful if using a .PPSM file)
Each thumbnail triggers the appearance of its related larger image when clicked. The Reset Button provides the appearance that the images are hidden waiting to be re-accessed.
It is important to rename the objects in the Selection Pane to animate them correctly. In this example, the larger image objects are named:
001 002 003 004 005
The triggers (thumbnails) are named:
T001 T002 T003 T004 T005
e.g. The first thumbnail triggers ‘on click’ the larger image to appear:
T001 triggers 001 to appear
It must simultaneously hide the other 4 larger images. These are created and set to ‘START WITH PREVIOUS’ so a single action triggers multiple
See the image below for the complete Animation Settings for this example.