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Using Microsoft PowerPoint as a design Template/Layout

The image slide you submit must be an image file saved as one of the following file formats:

  • PNG Portable Network Graphics Format (*.png)
  • JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)
  • GIF Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif)
  • WMV Windows Media File (*.WMV)

·         For best results, your image should be exactly 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels high (a 16:9 aspect ratio).  (1080 x 1920 pixels  9:16 aspect for Vertical screens)

Create using Microsoft PowerPoint

A variety of software can be used to create image files for slides, one such selection could be Microsoft PowerPoint.  PowerPoint allows users to create short, informational slides for use in presentations, and has design goals which greatly overlap with digital sign slides.

Open/Create a PowerPoint presentation

Edit your slide/s

Add text and images to your slide. All text should be at least 26 points, to be readable at a distance. You should also try to keep your text concise and only include the most important details, since most passive viewers walking by will only see your slide for a few seconds.
Save your slide as an image

Windows

  1. Select the proper image size (for PowerPoint 2007)
    1. On the menu bar, select "Design"
    2. Underneath the menu bar, on the far left, select "Page Setup"
    3. A screen will appear displaying two scroll menus. One labeled "Width" and the other labeled "Height"
    4. Change the width to 20 inches, and the height to 25 inches (this gives you an image size of the digital sign TV, 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels). (Inverse for vertical screen 1080 x 1920 (11.25 inches x 20 inches)
    5. Click the "OK" button.
  • Select the desired slide in the thumbnail view (the slides on the left hand side of the screen).
    • If the thumbnail view is not visible, select "view" on the menu bar at the top of the screen, and scroll to slide sorter.

 

 

  • From here, select the Microsoft Officeicon in the upper left-most corner of the screen (as shown to the right).
    • If you are using a version of Microsoft Office older than 2007, select "File" from the menu bar.
  • Click "Save As", and a screen should appear asking for the name and file type in which you want to save your slide.
  • Type in a name which you find relevant for the slide show, and then scroll down to one of the following file types:
    • PNG Portable Network Graphics Format (*.png)
    • JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)
    • GIF Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif)
  • After you click save, PowerPoint will display an option to export the entire slide show as individual images:
  • Select "Current Slide Only".

 

Video to capture animation:

 

    You can also save your work as a WMV format video file (PowerPoint  2010 or later)

This can then be directly uploaded to your BrightShow™  system as a video.

 

Macintosh Users

  1. Select the desired slide in the thumbnail view (the slides on the left hand side of the screen).
    • If the thumbnail view is not visible, select "view" on the menu bar at the top of the screen, and scroll to slide sorter.
  2. Select "File" from the menu bar.
  3. Choose "Save As Image...", and a screen should appear asking for the name and file type in which you want to save your slide.
  4. Type in a name which you find relevant for the slide show, and then scroll down to one of the following file types:
    • PNG Portable Network Graphics Format (*.png)
    • JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)
    • GIF Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif)
  5. Click the button labeled "Options..." on the lower right of the Save box.
    1. Under "Save slides as graphics files," select the bubble next to "Size".
    2. Select the size 1920 (wide) x 1080 (high).
  • After you click save, PowerPoint will notify you that every slide from your presentation was saved as a picture in a folder with the name and location that you selected.
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