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Turn PowerPoint 2010 into a Photo Editor

Updated on July 29, 2014

For those of us who do not have any graphic design experience, nor own any graphic software such as Photoshop, PowerPoint 2010 can work as a photo editor. Many of the editing features are basic, but can be used effectively. If you are uploading photos to your blogs and Hubpages, but are not quite satisfied with the picture then this small tutorial will help you edit your photos. You will learn how to

  • Lighten and Sharpen photos
  • How to Crop and Resize
  • Add Simple Text
  • Create Fun Collages

At the end of this written and visual tutorial you can view a step by step video on editing your photos. This is not my video, but I am sure it will be most useful to those that may want to see the steps in action.

Lighten and Sharpen Photos

To lighten any photo choose the photo that you will be working with from your computer or wherever your photos are stored.

Next, go to PowerPoint. You will notice an “insert” tab at the top. Click on “insert” and then select "picture. Once you have selected your picture from your computer you will notice the “picture tools” highlighted. Click on that and you will be taken to a tool bar with many different options for you to edit your photo.

I chose a photo of a picture taken by my mom while she was in Disney World. This photo is kind of dark, therefore I will lighten this photo by clicking on “corrections” from the "picture tools" bar. Notice in this tool you will see a preview of what the photo will look like when it is edited. Click on the option you like to see the changes in your photo.

Below are screen shots for you to get an idea of what this looks like.

Using PowerPoint 2010 to lighten photo
Using PowerPoint 2010 to lighten photo | Source
The end result of lightening a photo.
The end result of lightening a photo. | Source

How to Crop and Resize

Let’s say you have a great photo, but you notice that you might want to remove part of the photo. To do this, simply choose the photo you want to edit using steps that you learned in the lighten and sharpen section of this tutorial.

Next, click on “crop” near the upper right corner of the tool bar. When you do that you will see black arrows at the corner and lines in the middle of the photo so that you can move it in any direction that you want. When you choose the section in the photo you want to crop, the part that will be removed will be in gray. Continue to move the black arrows and line around the photo until you reached your desired edit.

After you have finally cropped your image, resize the photo by filling in the PowerPoint slide. Click the middle of the photo. You will see tiny boxes on the on the corners and along the edges of the photo, drag those boxes to make the picture fit inside the slide. It will zoom in on the area in the image that you would like.

Cropping and resizing photo with PowerPoint
Cropping and resizing photo with PowerPoint | Source

Add Simple Text

If you have a photo that you are using in your blog or article posts and want to make them into images for Pinterest you will want to add text to your image. This text will be a teaser to allow Pinterest users to understand what your content is about, and entice them to click on the link to learn more about the title.

Here is what you will need to do:

Click the “insert” tab, then click on “picture” to select your photo. Once your image appears on the slide, click text box. Click the image and your text box will appear. You can stretch the textbox as far or leave small if you like. I like to begin by typing my message then choosing the font and font size. After I am satisfied, I may add a filler to create a background color for the text. I can choose either the standard box or another shape. Once I am satisfied with the shape I place the shape over the wording that I want to highlight, change the color of the shape and make it transparent so that you get a nice contrast between the words, the highlighted background, and the image.

Create Fun Collages

Collages are fun and easy to make. It can tell a story of a vacation, wedding, or makeup tutorial in one image. To begin making your collage, start with a few photos that have the same theme. Click on the “Design” tab and click on “background styles” to choose which background you want. The default baground is white. You can choose any color background that you want by clikckign “format background” and choosing a color. Resize each photo to fit into the slide. You don’t have to make the photos the same size. Arrange your photos on the slide so that your background can be seen as a frame, if you like. Otherwise leave the default slide color on and continue to make your collage.

If you are using all of the instructions that were given at the beginning of the tutorial you should be able to creatively create a collage.

I enjoy using this program as a photo editor is because it is easy to use. The functions that are on the editor allow me to be able to create photos by removing backgrounds, adding text, and flipping the photos. I am not a graphic designer, therefore I am not in dire need of photoshop.

The absolute best way to use Powerpoint is to play around with each of the features. Familiarize yourself with the each function and notice your results. At one time I had played around with everything for a whole evening and discovered things that I never thought that I could do.

I have even created my own book cover and YouTube channel banner using this program.

Remember, after you have created your photo save as JPEG for the current slide only. Enjoy! Happy creating!

If you have any questions about this tutorial feel free to ask.

Step by Step Tutorial on Photo Editing


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    • Lewis Hammond profile image

      Lewis Hammond 

      4 years ago from England

      Yes, true :) Thank you!

    • momsdoworkathome profile imageAUTHOR

      Katina Davenport 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Lewis. It's not meant to be used as Photoshop, if that's what you mean. Good alternative if there is nothing available.

    • Lewis Hammond profile image

      Lewis Hammond 

      4 years ago from England

      While I wouldn't go for using these techniques in the long run, these are certainly great ideas for if you're stuck! Very nice hub, nicely presented.

    • momsdoworkathome profile imageAUTHOR

      Katina Davenport 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Kimberleyclarke, I started doing this last year instead of working with the paint program that is on my PC. To me PowerPoint is a lot easier to use.

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      Kimberley Clarke 

      4 years ago from England

      This hub is filled with great tips for photo editing on PowerPoint. A brilliant idea - it hadn't occurred to me before but I'm definitely going to give it a try now. Thank you!


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