5 Ways to Extract Images from PowerPoint Presentations

Lets say that we have a nice PowerPoint presentation with lot of pictures and images embedded in the slides. How can we extract the images out of the presentation and save them as a JPG or PNG files? This is a common problem that lot of people have when dealing with PowerPoint files that are received by email or downloaded from the Internet. Fortunately, there are some good solutions to this problem. Lets see 5 simple ways to extract images from PPT presentations and templates.

1. Save the PowerPoint to HTML and get the images

As an example, let’s take the above PowerPoint presentation that contains unseen images and backgrounds in your slide and then lets try to extract the pictures from the PPT slideshow. All you have to do is export the Powerpoint Presentation as an HTML web page by choosing File and then Save As. Now pick .html as the output folder or learn more in how to export PowerPoint to HTML.

PowerPoint will automatically extract every picture embedded in the PPT file and save it to the local folder.

You can use the same approach to extract extract sound and music from your PowerPoint presentations.

Or if you are not familiar with HTML then you may try to File -> Save As and choose an image format like .JPG or .PNG in order to save the entire presentation slides as numbered images.

2. Use a 3rd Party Software to extract the images from .PPT files

There are software packages and PowerPoint add ins that can be very helpful to automate the extraction of images from slides. In How to extract images from eBooks and Documents from Blogsolute we can learn about SomePDF that is a free tool that allows us to easily capture an image from a PDF file and save it as a JPEG, PNG, or TIFF file.

Some PDF Images Extract software is a standalone program for extracting images from PDF files. It does not require Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader for installation.

You can pull images from PowerPoint files and other documents in whatever number, quality, and format you want with Some PDF Images Extract.

  • Microsoft Word 2007+ ( .docx / .docm )
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007+ ( .pptx / .pptm )
  • Microsoft Excel 2007+ ( .xlsx / .xlsm )
  • Electronic Publication Books ( .epub ) like the format used by eReaders as iPad and Kindle Fire
  • Comic Book Archive (.cbz )
  • OpenDocument Text ( .odt )
  • OpenDocument Presentation ( .odp )
  • OpenDocument Spreadsheet ( .ods )

3. If you are a developer, use C# to automate and export the slides to files

If you are a .NET developer, you can use Interop libraries and C# or VB to communicate with PowerPoint and get valuable information from the slides. You can export the entire presentation to JPG images or just find the shapes and images that you want to extract from the PowerPoint presentation. This may require some advanced skills but there are some good snippets around that can be very helpful.

If you are interested to learn more about how to use Microsoft Interop libraries for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, then we recommend to read How to export slides with C#.

4. Upload your presentation online and then save the files using your browser

Another good approach is to upload the presentation to an online sharing service like SlideOnline and then wait until the presentation is converted to a format that is readable by the browser in a web page. Then you can right click and Save As the image on the slide that you want to save.  Additionally, using SlideOnline you can embed your images and presentation in any web page which is very handly for bloggers (including teachers, educators and businessmen) who need to share a PowerPoint presentation online.

5. Bonus: Copy and Paste your images to an external source

If you want a simple and easy way to extract images from PowerPoint .ppt files, then the traditional copy and paste mechanism may work pretty well, but it is important to notice that it may have some disadvantages, especially concerning the size of output images. You can open your PPT file and then select the image you want to extract from the slide. Then copy using CTRL-C or the Copy option in Edit menu.

Now go to your image editing software and paste the image. You can also page images in Word or even Excel if you are creating a nice spreadsheet with images from your PowerPoint. Of course you can copy and paste images in your email in case you need to share online with your colleagues.

6. Save Background Image from PowerPoint presentations

If you want to save the PowerPoint background (for example if you download our free PowerPoint templates and want to extract the background image from the .ppt template), then a possible approach is the following. Open the PowerPoint file and then look for the slide that have the top notch background that you want to extract. Then right click and select Save Background in PowerPoint 2010 to save the background image as a .JPG or .PNG file.

In the example PPT above we have downloaded free Office PowerPoint Template and then tried to save the background as an image.