Make a Quick and Easy Photo Album with PowerPoint and ingage Publication Basic
August 13, 2008
Turning your digital photos into a fun and interactive, page-turning photo album can be quick and easy using ingage Publication Basic and Microsoft PowerPoint.
Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to quickly and creatively design photo album layouts without high-end graphics editing software like Photoshop. Follow the simple steps below and you’ll be enjoying your digital photos in a whole new way.
First, gather up a bunch of digital photos. You’ll need to have Microsoft PowerPoint installed on you computer, and you’ll need to have some knowledge of how to lay out slides using PowerPoint. I used PowerPoint 2003 (on a PC) for the demo, but any version of PowerPoint should do.
I gathered up some stock photos and made a quick example, which you can view here: http://www.ingagepublication.com/samples/photoalbum/publication.html
Open PowerPoint and start a new presentation. Choose a template or color scheme if you like.
Here is the important step:
Go to File > Page Setup…
You will see a window similar to the one shown below:
Under “Slides sized for:” choose “Letter Paper (8.5×11 in)” from the drop-down menu.
Next choose “Portrait” in the “Slides” Orientation area on the left.
This will change the layout of your PowerPoint Presentation to look more like a standard book or magazine page. You could leave out this step if you are going for a non-standard, landscape style album.
Now you get to do the fun part. Lay out your photo album any way you like. Use your favorite fonts to add captions to your photos; use some clip art, or some word art to add some custom touches. Remember, you can adjust the size of an image by clicking it and dragging the handles on the sides or corners. Right-click an image (on PC) and select “Show Picture Toolbar” to have access to cropping, brightness and rotation tools.
Here are some things to consider:
Each new slide is a new page. Remember that the first page will be the cover of your album. Each page thereafter will alternate between the left and right pages of your album.
Really important step:
Once you are finished laying everything out (don’t forget to save your PowerPoint file, in case you need to edit something later), go to File > Save as…
Choose “JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)”
When prompted, choose “Every Slide”
This will save each of your PowerPoint slides as a separate jpeg file, to be used for conversion to ingage Publication Basic.
Now you can visit http://www.ingagepublication.com/basic to get all the details on ingage Publication Basic, then visit https://basic.ingagepublication.com, register for a free account, convert your photo album using your jpeg pages and see a free proof of your publication before you checkout.