How to Use Vector Graphics in PowerPoint
With PowerPoint, you can use images to spruce up your slides. Usually, presenters use images in JPEG and PNG formats, which are made of pixels. However, since they are made of pixels, there really is a tendency for the images to be pixelated when you resize them. For example, when you make an image larger, you can expect that the quality and sharpness of the image will be reduced. And if you want to make a great impression on your presentation, this just wouldn’t do. Here is a tip about how to use vector graphics in PowerPoint.
There is another option, however. You can use vectors in PowerPoint. Unlike JPEG and PNG images, vector images are made up of mathematical expressions instead of pixels. This means the vectors can be scaled up and down without losing its quality.
Using Vectors in PowerPoint Presentations
Using vectors is great for PowerPoint presentations because you can show your presentations on a tablet, a 15-inch monitor, or a 60-inch screen, and the images will remain sharp and stunning. A small image, for example, a logo vector, can be added onto your slide and you can be confident that wherever you project your slideshow, your logo will be clear and visible.
Another advantage of using vectors is that you can customize them to match your theme or brand, which you can’t do when you’re using images in JPEG or PNG formats. Furthermore, vectors are typically smaller in terms of files size, so you can use many vector images in your presentations without worrying about performance and file limits.
Supported Vector File Formats You Can Use for PowerPoint
Earlier, users could use .EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) formats of vectors for PowerPoint. However, for some reason, this has been discontinued and Microsoft has disabled this function. However, there are many vector file formats that you can use to add to your PowerPoint presentations. Let’s take a look at them.
The first one is the .SVG vector file format. Standing for Scalable Vector Graphics, the SVG vector is small in terms of files size and is easily customizable. And, with PowerPoint’s latest updates, you can use a range of SVG icons right within Microsoft, making it easy for you to add lightweight yet sharp images to your slides. You can also download SVG images from third-party sites, some for free while others need subscriptions or fees.
However, SVG can’t be broken down into separate objects, to while you can customize its colors, you can only change one image into one color at a time.
The second vector image that you can use for PowerPoint is EMF (Enhanced MetaFile). EMF vectors are similar to EPS files because they are fully editable. The colors and sizes of the different objects or elements of the images can be broken down and customized as you like it.
To customize every element of the vector image in EMF file format, just select the image, choose Ungroup from the Arrange menu, and the different elements making up the graphic will be turned into individual lines and shapes that you can manipulate.
EMFs are highly useful if you want to fully customize your vector images to suit your presentations, especially if you’re creating infographics or your slides are highly dependent on brand-oriented images.
If you have .EPS .SVG or .AI files, you can convert these into .EMF with the help of Adobe Illustrator. Just open the file in Adobe Illustrator, go to File -> Export -> Export As… and export the file in .EMF format.