In this discussion, Peggy discusses how she uses PowerPoint for creative projects other than just slide design.
Geetesh: You use PowerPoint for more than just slide creation –- especially for image editing. Tell us what makes PowerPoint such a great image editor – and what types of images you can create within this slide program?
Peggy: I was struggling with Photoshop trying to create, I think at the time, a web banner. It was painful. I remember thinking how easily I’d be able to perform the same tasks in PowerPoint, so I just tried it. I resized a slide and designed from there. I went on to create the background for my YouTube channel (DigitalBreakThroughs), postcards, CD labels…whatever I needed.
PowerPoint is the right tool for the job. It just works for me. It’s so flexible, and can do almost everything I want: sizing to fit my needs, formatting the background, manipulating pictures by rotating, shaping, adding depth with shadows, and so much more. Plus, there was no learning curve because I already knew the software. I was able to transfer the skills I use to produce presentations to my projects.
Geetesh: How do you export images from PowerPoint, and do you use any add-ins to make the process easier?
Peggy: When I wanted to use PowerPoint to design a business card or anything that I’d send to a traditional printer, I had the problem of low resolution produced in native PowerPoint (96dpi). I think I was on a Microsoft forum and read about ImageExport from the PPTools website. I use this powerful and affordable add-in to either produce an entire slide, a full presentation, or an image on a slide in high resolution.
Here’s a video from my YouTube channel that shows how I use PowerPoint to create all sorts of marketing collaterals.