Save As Picture PNG format - can't save with 300 dpi


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luvsoccer

Version: 2008
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Processor: Intel

I understood that graphics objects in Powerpoint 2008 could be saved as pictures with a maximum resolution of 300 dpi. After trying everything I know, including adjusting the Powerpoint Preferences (set 300 dpi for "save slides as graphic"), graphics saved as pictures (right click on graphic, pick file name and format, in this case, PNG) are always 150 dpi. Any advice?

This graphic is for a logo so it must be high resolution - 150 dpi just doesn't quite cut it for prints. I don't have Adobe graphics software so that's not an option right now.
 
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CyberTaz

I believe you're confusing 2 separate operations :)

The settings in PPt's Preferences are a feature of PPt and apply only when
you save the entire slide as a picture. It has no impact on the individual
graphics on those slides.

The Save As Picture option for individual objects is a feature of the OS &
uses presets which - AFAIK - you can't change.

The preferable approach - which you apparently realize - is to finalize each
image [display/print size, resolution, file type, etc.] before inserting it
in your presentation using an appropriate graphics program. It doesn't have
to be Photoshop or Illustrator. There are a number of other graphics editors
out there which can be used for the purpose, many of which are inexpensive
shareware or even freeware. Have a go at Google or start here:

http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/graphics/image-edit

HTH |:>)
Bob Jones
[MVP] Office:Mac
 
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luvsoccer

Wow - thanks for the quick reply. My dilemma is that I created the graphic in Powerpoint and now want to isolate the graphic in png format and save as a high resolution graphic (a logo I created in Powerpoint) for downstream and multiple use. I don't have a graphics app so used the best tool I have at the momen - Powerpoint.

Am hoping I don't have to redraw this thing in some professional app in order to create a high resolution master. Any other suggestions for how to move a powerpoint original graphics object into another graphics app at a resolution of at least 300 dpi? I fear I may be limited to 150 as that is what it appears Powerpoint is managing the image to - from a resolution standpoint.
 
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CyberTaz

Well, I'm afraid I just don't know what else to suggest. Contrary to your
perception, PPt isn't a "graphics app" - at least not for the purpose of
creating hi res print graphics. It's a presentation program.

I don't know that you'll need to recreate the image, but you will need a
decent graphics editor to reproduce it in a high res format. Photoshop
Elements is a viable option. You might also check out GraphicConverter from
Lemke. It's reasonably priced & offers a free trial. (I guess it should also
be pointed out that PNG by definition is a low res format.)

Regards |:>)
Bob Jones
[MVP] Office:Mac
 
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Jim Gordon MVP

CyberTaz said:
Well, I'm afraid I just don't know what else to suggest. Contrary to your
perception, PPt isn't a "graphics app" - at least not for the purpose of
creating hi res print graphics. It's a presentation program.

I don't know that you'll need to recreate the image, but you will need a
decent graphics editor to reproduce it in a high res format. Photoshop
Elements is a viable option. You might also check out GraphicConverter from
Lemke. It's reasonably priced & offers a free trial. (I guess it should also
be pointed out that PNG by definition is a low res format.)

Regards |:>)
Bob Jones
[MVP] Office:Mac


Hi,

When you go to PowerPoint's Preferences, click on the SAVE tab. In the
bottom half it says "Save Slides As Graphics Files." There you can
choose how many dpi you want. This applies to File > Save As and choose
a picture type when you use Save As. In 2004 it also applies to
Right-click > Save As > Picture, but I haven't tried it in 2008.

The settings are not entirely accurate. There is a maximum dpi you can
have and it depends upon which file format you choose. You can set it to
1200 if you want, but here's the list of the real maximums (from 2004
but I think they are the same in 2008):

TIFF 72dpi
JPEG 72dpi
PICT 1200dpi
PNG 300dpi
BMP 72dpi
GIF 72dpi

Come to think of it, PICT is not supported in 2008, so the highest
you'll ever get is 300 dpi, and only if you choose PNG format from 2008.

-Jim
 
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luvsoccer

Thanks. I tried the above but when checking the "saved as" png file in Preview, it shows as 72 dpi. At this point, I've decided to redo the graphic in a professional graphics editor program. Major bummer because frankly for what I was trying to do Powerpoint had all the tools I needed. Love Powerpoint and especially the new features in Mac 2008.
 
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Steve Rindsberg

Wow - thanks for the quick reply. My dilemma is that I created the graphic in
Powerpoint and now want to isolate the graphic in png format and save as a high
resolution graphic (a logo I created in Powerpoint) for downstream and multiple use.
I don't have a graphics app so used the best tool I have at the momen - Powerpoint.
Am hoping I don't have to redraw this thing in some professional app in order to
create a high resolution master. Any other suggestions for how to move a powerpoint
original graphics object into another graphics app at a resolution of at least 300
dpi? I fear I may be limited to 150 as that is what it appears Powerpoint is
managing the image to - from a resolution standpoint.

Depending on how you created the graphic in the first place, it might work to do
something along these lines:

Save the presentation as a PDF

Open the PDF in Adobe Reader, zoom in (you'll need to experiment a bit to determine
exactly how far).
Use the graphics snapshot tool to grab a picture of your logo then paste it into
whatever paint app you have handy.

And understand that 300 dpi means nothing in this context.
Unless you know how many inches, dots PER inch tells you zilch.
 
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Jim Gordon MVP

luvsoccer said:
Thanks. I tried the above but when checking the "saved as" png file in Preview, it shows as 72 dpi. At this point, I've decided to redo the graphic in a professional graphics editor program. Major bummer because frankly for what I was trying to do Powerpoint had all the tools I needed. Love Powerpoint and especially the new features in Mac 2008.

Hi,

Is there a possibility you can upload your presentation someplace so
that I might see it? I tried 4 graphics and all 4 came out about 300
dpi when I tried it.

-Jim
 

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