Dress Your Slides for Success

If you want to make a positive impact with your presentation slides, you’ll need some great looking images. Since Microsoft retired their built-in online image library, a lot of people might be stranded without any good image resources. Fortunately, there are tons of great websites offering free images. Unfortunately, they’re scattered in a zillion different places all across the web.

Since we like to work smarter instead of harder around here, I’d like to share three free PowerPoint plug-ins that will give you access to first-rate image libraries right inside PowerPoint. No more wasting time jumping between browser tabs looking for just the right photo.

Visit my recent post over on my personal website to get the scoop on these free awesome image libraries and how you can use them without ever leaving PowerPoint.

  1. PickIt:  https://pickit.com/
  2. Pexels:  https://store.office.com/en-us/app.aspx?assetid=WA104379997
  3. Shutterstock: https://www.shutterstock.com/lp/powerpoint-presentation-images-plugin



#399 Fun & Easy Way to Put Photos/Screenshots into Realistic Scenes

Admittedly, this week’s tip is probably not for everyone but this is just too cool not to share. This website let’s you drop any image into a realistic setting on a computer, tablet or smartphone screen.  Just jump over to http://placeit.net to pick a scene  you like. Then upload your image or enter a url and watch the magic happen. I know you could do the same thing using Photoshop but this is much easier, faster and a lot more fun.

When you’re done you can download your creation and use if for a presentation or even make it your desktop wallpaper.

Here are a few examples:

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Jump on over and check it out to see how you can impress you audiences, or even better yet, your boss!

#395 Free Unlimited Photo Backup With Google+

Not too long ago I was talking with someone who had a hard drive crash and lost all their family photos. And my first thought was that could happen to anyone including myself. So I went straight home and looked for the fastest, easiest, least expensive way I could find to backup all 60,000+ of our family photos. Fortunately I didn’t have to look for long. We use Picasa to manage all our photos and one of the first things I learned was that Google will give you unlimited storage space for your photos*.

*If you’re signed up for Google+, photos up to 2048×2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes long won’t count towards this free storage limit. And Google will automatically resize photos for you when you upload them to Google+, so they stay under the free size limit.

If you’re looking for a simple, easy to use setup for managing your photos that also gives you free, unlimited backups get Picasa and sync your photos to Google+

When you first install Picasa it will scan your computer for any photos you have and organize them for you.  To make a backup of your photos go to the Tools menu and select Batch Upload…

Then on the next screen you can select which picture folders you want to upload to Google Plus. Choose your preferences and you’re off! Super easy backups!

If you already use another program to manage your photos or just don’t want to mess with Picasa for any reason you can still upload all your photos to Google Plus. Check out this complete guide to Google Plus photos or this one from Google for all the nitty gritty details.

And don’t forget your smartphone photos! Another really handy thing Google+ can do is automatically backup the photos from your smartphone.  If you’ve ever run out of storage space and had to manually move your photos off your phone you’ll really love this. Just install the iOS or Android app and login with your Google+ credentials. Then follow the steps for your device below to enable Auto-Backup of your photos. Set it and forget it.