Unfortunately, there is no simple solution to transferring designs from Adobe Photoshop to PowerPoint. There are some free online conversion platforms that will convert your PSD file into any format you prefer, including PPT and PPTX. However, these free services often don’t provide the functionality, features, and precision of converting your files yourself. Let’s look at how to transfer your Photoshop designs into something more palatable for PowerPoint to process.
The critical challenge with migrating from Photoshop to PowerPoint is that the former uses layered PSD files. PowerPoint cannot read these files, so if you’re looking to transfer the layered PSD file to PowerPoint, you need to slice and insert it.
- The first step is to ensure your original image file is the correct size for PowerPoint. If the PSD file is a background image or you wish to use it in full screen, set the dimensions to 1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9 widescreen). If the image is portrait orientation, set the dimensions to 1024 x 768 (4:3 standard definition aspect ratio).
- Save your finalised and properly sized PSD file. If you’re using Groups, you’ll be able to convert them into a Smart Object by right-clicking the group – but you won’t be able to access individual components of the group as separate elements in PowerPoint.
- Next, click Export/Automate > Export Layers to Files. A dialogue box will pop up – select PNG-24 for the file and only select the transparency option from the below options.
- Now open PowerPoint and drag your exported PNG files to the blank slide. Start with your bottom layer and work your way to the top layer. Note that you can the Select All layers and click Align Centre to ensure all your layers are aligned and can be animated/edited individually.
If you select Trim Layers during export from Photoshop, the Align function in PowerPoint won’t work correctly, which means you’ll have to align the layers manually. Be conscious that certain layer styles and blending modes aside from Normal will not transfer precisely to PNG format.
Another method for converting Photoshop designs for PowerPoint is by slicing the PSD layers into segments for easy transfer.
- Like the previous method, ensure your sizing is correct. If the PSD file is a background image or you wish to use it in full screen, set the dimensions to 1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9 widescreen). If the image is portrait orientation, set the dimensions to 1024 x 768 (4:3 standard definition aspect ratio).
- Save your finalised and correctly sized Photoshop design as PNG or JPG, which will help you guide, place, and align the sliced elements in the right place on PowerPoint.
- Use the Slice tool to cut up your design into segments, which will vary depending on the number of elements within your design.
- If you’re saving as PNG, change the layer of visibility for the background layer (especially if your PowerPoint design has a white background).
- Now save your slices. Click File > Save for Web and Devices. Select the dropdown box Preset > PNG-24 or JPEG (High, Low, or Medium)
- If you want to customise further, you can select the object using Slice Select tool and change the Preset for the selected object.
- Insert your unsliced design into PowerPoint as a background, using the design as reference for placing objects precisely, adjusting the design to fit on the slide.
- Insert all saved slices on the slide, dragging and arranging the slices against the reference design in the background. Be sure to place and resize the slices to fit the reference image.
- Delete the unsliced Photoshop reference design and Save your PowerPoint.