Have you ever built a slide with multiple images that were all different shapes and sizes? If so, you might have done a lot more manual effort than you needed to. This great tip will have you done with that job quicker than you can say SmartArt.
I’ve never been a very big fan of the SmartArt feature, but with tricks as good as this one I may be warming up to the idea!
Let’s start with a typical scenario where you’ve got a slide that you want to have multiple images from a variety of sources. Initially they come in all shapes and sizes but you want something much more uniform.
You could spend a bunch of time manually sizing and placing them all but you are smarter than that and know that there must be a more efficient way right? Yes, there is! SmartArt to the rescue.
How To Automatcally Size & Position Your Slide Images with SmartArt
- Select all your images. Depending on what else is on your slide you can either do a CTRL + A to select all items, or hold the SHIFT key while clicking each image you want to work with.
- Apply a SmartArt layout. Go to the Picture Tools » Format tab and click the Picture Layout button.
- Select a layout that you like. This will give you a nice looking, super quick and uniform layout for all your images. Some even give you the ability to add text labels, etc.
- Wrap it up. If you like the result you can just size & position your SmartArt object and be done. If you don’t want to be constrained by having these images stuck inside the SmartArt object, ungrouping the graphic twice, ( Ctrl + Shift + G if you like keyboard shortcuts), separate everything out into individual objects which can be easier to work with.
What do you think? Are you a fan of SmartArt? If not, will this trick change your mind at all?
Tip of the Week #423