Impress enables you to put pictures throughout your presentation slides. Perhaps you'll want to stress your point when giving a motivational speech, for example, by showing a runner winning a race.
Before You Begin
94 Insert a Chart into a Presentation
When you insert a graphic image, Impress places the image's anchor at that location. You will see the anchor when editing but not when you present your presentation. The anchor also does not show if you print your slides as handouts. The anchor shows where you inserted the actual image. The anchor and the actual image may not appear together, depending on how you format the image, but they will appear on the same slide. When you want to move an image, move its anchor and not the image itself.
98 Impress with Special Effects
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Impress supports all popular graphic file formats, including JPG, GIF, and BMP files.
Request a Picture
To insert a graphic image from a file, first select the slide where you want the image to go. Then, select Insert, Graphics
from the menu. Impress displays the Insert Graphics
dialog box, which is nothing more than a Windows file-selection dialog box where you navigate to the file you want to insert.
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Click the Insert Graphics dialog box's View button and select Thumbnails to see a preview of your graphic before you insert it.
Once you select the graphic image you want to place in your presentation, click the Open
button to insert the image. The image appears in your presentation at the location you first selected.
Adjust the Size
Once Impress brings the graphic image into your presentation, you usually need to make adjustments so the image suits your needs and rests on the slide in the proper position and with the correct size.
Typically, Impress imports a graphic image and centers it at the location you inserted it. No text wraps to either side of the image because, unlike a word processed document, a presentation relies on the exact placement of text and data on your slide. Therefore, you'll usually have to move the image so that it doesn't overwrite any important information on your slide.
To resize the image, drag any of the eight resizing handles inward to reduce the image size or outward to increase the image size.
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If you insert multiple graphics, they can overlap each other. By right-clicking an image and selecting Arrange, Send Backward , or Bring Forward , you can control which image gets the top spot when layered with other images.
Flip If Needed
Depending on your image and your data, you may want to flip, or reverse , the image so it points the other direction, either vertically or horizontally. Right-click over the graphic and select the Flip menu to flip the image so it faces differently.
Adjust the Position and Size
Right-click the image and select Position and Size
to display the Position and Size
dialog box. From this dialog box, you can resize, move, or slant the graphic image using exact measurements. The Position X
and Position Y
values determine where the image appears on the page from the upper-left corner. The Size
values determine how large your image will appear. If you do resize an image, be sure you click to select the Keep ratio
option so that Impress resizes the width in proportion to the height changes you make (or so Impress resizes the height in proportion to any width changes you make) to keep your image clear and in the correct ratio as the original. If you fail to maintain the ratio, your image can become stretched out of proportion. Checking the options in the Protect
area ensures that you don't inadvertently move the image with your mouse later.
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If you rotate or resize the image too much and want to begin again with the original position and size, click the Position and Size dialog box's Reset button to restore the values to the original image state.
Rotate the Image If Needed
Click the Position and Size dialog box's Rotation tab to display the Rotation page. Here, you can rotate the image any angle by specifying a value in the Angle field. The pivot point , which remains at the center of your image unless you change the pivot point, determines where the imaginary spindle lies while the image rotates.