PowerPoint is a great tool when you want to create captivating presentations. Its vast facilities for typography, animation, diagrams and mechanics for storytelling, can give an edge that drives your audience the right way.
On top of that, the way PowerPoint is designed, makes it the perfect tool for people with no desktop publishing or graphics compositing skills, to create visual content for various purposes. Anybody can easily use PowerPoint to create presentations, infographics, posters, marketing material, white papers, and much more. Its use can be expanded even further, creating graphics for newsletters, booklets for promotions and cards for video to name a few. You get the idea!
Recently, Microsoft updated PowerPoint with many features to add on the quality of the generated content. One of the highlights of this update is the option to export ultra-high definition (UHD) video of 4K resolution. To be more specific, you can export directly from the program a video file of your presentation (including narration, slide timings, etc.) to a video file with a 3840 × 2160 (aka UHDTV) resolution (that is the common 16:9 ratio we use in horizontal widescreens all over the world) in 60fps (frames per second). And if you test it, you will see that the output video is looking great without any artifacts, even for gradient or noisy textures on the slide’s background. That is glorious!
But what happens with images? How the program handles the exporting of image files?
This is also an important aspect of graphics production as images can be exported from PowerPoint to be included in publications, posters and videos with great success. PowerPoint is a presentation authoring software application, but nothing stops us from using it as a graphics creation application and use it alongside with Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Designer or other similar applications.
Let’s get down to business, shall we? So, here’s guide on how to setup PowerPoint to export ultra-high definition images.
Setup your slides
First you got to setup your slides inside PowerPoint to be of specific size.
On the ribbon, go ahead and choose the DESIGN tab and then, SLIDE SIZE.
When the dialog box opens, enter the numbers as the picture shows below.
You should enter the numbers below, according to your preferred output resolution. The format is followed by the width and height.
- 4K: 50.8 x 28.576
- 8K: 101.6 x 57.152
Or inverse the width and height to create presentations in portrait instead of landscape. Although for general compatibility, landscape is proposed.
Configure registry settings
Then you can save your work and exit PowerPoint.
While on Windows, press WIN + R on your keyboard to invoke the “Run” application.
Type “regedit” in the field and press OK.
On the Registry Editor that opens, you need to go to this address: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\PowerPoint\Options
And choose to edit, or create if it isn’t there already, the Registry Key “ExportBitmapResolution”.
Attention: The actual address that you need to follow at the Registry Editor, depends on the version of Microsoft Office that you have installed. Please consult your administrator or an online resource to find out which is the correct address, as, if you change values on a different address, this output resolution fix will not work as expected.
Then you double-click the “ExportBitmapResolution” key and change the value to 192. Don’t forget to have this value type set always as “Decimal”.
Cool Tip: The highest value that this key can take is 307, which will give you even larger images on your bitmap exports from PowerPoint. You may need that, for ultra-high resolution images created for journals and publications or scientific posters, infographics and wall posters for a classroom.
Press OK and close the Registry Editor.
You can now start again your PowerPoint and when you choose to export an image file for one or all your slides, they will be rendered in high definition quality, suitable for any screen size you may find.
With a little work done only once, you can have a powerful image creator for various uses and create beautiful high-resolution posters, video cards, infographics or even diagrams and images for official publications. This can add tremendous value for your customers, peers, audiences and students.
Quality is the enemy of decay!