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How to Replace my Title Photo in PowerPoint

If you click on your title slide and it selects the image, that’s easy.

The thin blue outline and white corner dots indicate that the image has been simply placed on the slide (1). Double click on it. The top menu and ribbon will change to the picture editing tools. See the screen grab below. Click on “Change Picture”, arrow (2). Then simply navigate on your hard drive, to your pre-formatted “new” photo and click insert. Easy.

Change Picture button in PowerPoint

Change Picture button in PowerPoint
Change Picture button in PowerPoint
Now for the details on that “pre-formatted” word above.

BACKGROUND RESOLUTIONS to pre-format your photos in PowerPoint:
All on-screen images should be at 96 ppi (pixels per inch)
The resolutions printed below are for full screen photos or images.

4:3 ratio slide is the old standard, like the old TVs.
minimum resolution 1024×768 ppi
medium resolution 1152×864 ppi
standard I like to use 1280×960 ppi

16:9 ratio slide is the newer wide-screen , becoming the latest standard, like our newer Flat screen TVs
minimum resolution 1280×720 ppi
medium resolution 1365×768 ppi
standard I like to use 1920×1080 ppi

If you click on your title slide and it does nothing…
This means that the photo has been inserted in a different way than simply placed on the slide. Most times this is done to reduce tampering on the template. When a company requires strict branding for its communications materials this become a necessary step. Here is the trick to access and replace this image.

Bring up your title slide, in normal view. Right click directly on the slide, a context sensitive menu will appear, choose “format background”, as in the screen grab below.

Format Background context sensitive menu in PowerPoint

Format Background context sensitive menu in PowerPoint
Format Background context sensitive menu in PowerPoint
Then choose Fill (1) / Picture or texture fill radio button (2) / then click on the file button (3) / and navigate through your hard drive to where you have saved the new “pre-formatted” title image / select the image you want / and click insert / and close the window.

Format Background and picture fill menu in PowerPoint

Format Background and picture fill menu in PowerPoint
Format Background and picture fill menu in PowerPoint
If you need to remove any of the other elements that were originally placed on your title master, say the company logo, in the same format background window, there is a check box, just below the series of radio buttons “hide background graphics” (4) — this will get rid the other elements that were placed on the slide master.

If you have any questions regarding PowerPoint, don’t hesitate to ask! I will do my best to give you a timely answer. Comments are always welcome.

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