Skip to main content
Instapage

How to Create Awesome Images for your Blog Posts using PowerPoint

Images are essential for enhancing your blog posts.

Visual content is easy to understand and also is more memorable than textual content. With the right images, your content will be more appealing.

The main problem that comes with adding images to posts is finding images, even though there are hundreds of websites selling graphics (or even giving them away for free).

We cannot just use someone else’s images as it can create legal problems and using tools like Photoshop is not an easy task.

When I started my blog, I started finding tools which let me create images for my posts. I had tried my hands at Photoshop and Corel Draw, but the only thing I know how to do is write (not draw).

One day while creating a presentation, I found the tool for all my image needs- PowerPoint.

It is not a new tool but it has lots of benefits (even over some of the more traditional tools like Photoshop).

Most of you have likely used PowerPoint once in your life for creating presentations.

Today in this post, I will be telling you how to create awesome looking images with PowerPoint for your blog posts.

Section 1 – Changing Export Resolution in PowerPoint

Although PowerPoint was created for presentations, it can be used to create good quality images as well. For getting good output resolution, you have to change some settings:

Note: I am using Windows 8.1 with the PowerPoint 2010 version, but the procedure is basically the same for all PowerPoint versions above 2003.

Step 1: Go to Start and then search for the “Run” program.

Run Program

Step 2: Write “regedit” and then click on “OK”.

Editing the Registry Files

Step 3: Click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER – > Software -> Microsoft -> Office -> 14.0 -> PowerPoint -> Options.

Note: For the 2013 version of PowerPoint, click on 15.0 instead of 14.0.

Step 4: You will see many files on the right-hand side tab. Right click on the free space and click on New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Creating New File

Step 5: It will create a new file. Now you have to edit this new file.

Step 6: Change the name of the file to “ExportBitmapResolution” and then right click on the file and choose “Modify”.

Step 7: In Value data, write “300” and in Base, choose “Decimal”.

Click “OK”.

Modifying the File

You are all done with the first section.

Now the exported images will be in a high resolution and will not blur when zoomed in (to some extent).

Section 2 – Creating Images with PowerPoint

PowerPoint provides lots of shapes with which you can create amazing images for your blog posts. By using shapes, you can also create more shapes.

Follow this example:

Step 1: Start with a new “Blank Presentation” and then go to the “Insert” tab.

Step 2: Click on “Shape”, choose “Rectangle” and draw the shape to completely overlap the slide.

Overlap The Slide

Step 3: Click on the slide and then go to the “Format” tab.

Choose “No Outline” for the “Shape Outline” option and choose any preferred color for “Shape Fill”.

Step 4: Now use these shapes and your creativity to draw on the slide. You can use as many shapes in your image as you want.

Step 5: After drawing your images, Press “CTRL + A” on your keyboard and then right click on any element of the slide.

Now click on “Group Elements”.

Creating Images Using PowerPoint

Step 6: Now just go the the “File” menu and click on “Save As”.

Save the file as a JPEG format with the name of your choice. While saving, it will show a pop-up. Choose “Current Slide Only”.

Here is the final result for the image created:

Creating Images for blog posts

This is how you can create great images for your blog using PowerPoint.

The main thing with PowerPoint is that you do not have to deal with lots of tools. Even a beginner can create awesome images.

So start creating images with PowerPoint. If you are stuck somewhere, you can ask your queries in the comments below.

Related resources for images:

How to Create Awesome Images for your Blog Posts using PowerPoint is a post from ShoutMeLoud - Shouters Who Inspires



from ShoutMeLoud

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Get SMS Alerts for Gmail via Twitter

How do you get SMS notifications on your mobile phone for important emails in your Gmail? Google doesn’t support text notifications for their email service but Twitter does. If we can figure out a way to connect our Twitter and Gmail accounts, the Gmail notifications can arrive as text on our mobile via Twitter. Let me explain:Twitter allows you to follow any @user via a simple SMS. They provide short codes for all countries (see list) and if you text FOLLOW to this shortcode following by the  username, any tweets from that user will arrive in your phone as text notifications. For instance, if you are in the US, you can tweet FOLLOW labnol to 40404 to get my tweets as text messages. Similarly, users in India can text FOLLOW labnol to 9248948837 to get the tweets via SMS.The short code service of Twitter can act as a Gmail SMS notifier. You create a new Twitter account, set the privacy to private and this account will send a tweet when you get a new email in Gmail. Follow this account …

Another SEO tool drops the word “SEO”

This guest post is by Majestic’s Marketing Director, Dixon Jones, who explains the reasons for their recent name change.
Majestic, the link intelligence database that many SEOs have come to use on a daily basis, has dropped the “SEO” from it’s brand and from its domain name, to become majestic.com. Since most people won’t have used Google’s site migration tool before, here’s what it looks like once you press the “go” button:

In actual fact – there’s a minor bug in the tool. The address change is to the https version of majestic.com (which GWT makes us register as a separate site) but that message incorrectly omits that. Fortunately, elsewhere in GWT its clear the omission is on Google’s side, not a typo from the SEO. It is most likely that the migration tool was developed before the need for Google to have separate verification codes for http and https versions of the site.
The hidden costs of a name change
There were a few “nay sayers” on Twitter upset that Majestic might be deserting it…

6 types of negative SEO to watch out for

The threat of negative SEO is remote but daunting. How easy is it to for a competitor to ruin your rankings, and how do you protect your site? But before we start, let’s make sure we’re clear on what negative SEO is, and what it definitely isn’t.Negative SEO is a set of activities aimed at lowering a competitor’s rankings in search results. These activities are more often off-page (e.g., building unnatural links to the site or scraping and reposting its content); but in some cases, they may also involve hacking the site and modifying its content.Negative SEO isn’t the most likely explanation for a sudden ranking drop. Before you decide someone may be deliberately hurting your rankings, factor out the more common reasons for ranking drops. You’ll find a comprehensive list here.Negative off-page SEOThis kind of negative SEO targets the site without internally interfering with it. Here are the most common shapes negative off-page SEO can take.Link farmsOne or two spammy links likely won’…