Edit Image

Hi,

I recently purchased a set of caricatures from istockphoto.

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-illustration-13074005-cartoon-portrait-avatar-set-3.php?st=f8c6b4f

The instructions indicated following about editing the pictures:

"To modify this file you will need vector editing software such as Adobe IllustratorFreehand, or CorelDRAW"

My Question:  Can I edit these pictures using powerpoint as well?  If yes, how can I do that.  Right now this picture is not ungroupable.  Its a jpg.  

Thanks,

Payal

6 Replies
David Anderson

Hi Payal - the Istock link you shared indicates the image is a vector image. Sometimes a bitmap versions like jpgs or pngs.

Can you check your download again and see if you have anything like an .eps, .ai file? Those are the vector files you'll need to open if you want to edit the graphics.

Sometimes you can successfully save an Illustrator file to either an .EMF or .WMF format. Those are the vector formats PowerPoint recognizes so you can ungroup and edit.

The only edits you can make to the .jpg version of those files is remove the solid, white background using either Set Transparent or Remove Background (ppt2010).

David Anderson

Okay cool. You should be able to bring that  .eps file into PowerPoint and then ungroup it.

Sometimes .eps files will ungroup in ways that make them easy to edit while other times they ungroup into hundreds of small pieces. You just have to try it out. The good news is that regardless of how it ungroups, you can view the individual pieces in the Selection Pane in PowerPoint.

If you have access to a graphics program, you could also make    edits and save to .eps or the Windows-specific formats: .wmf and .emf.

Payal Tandon

David Anderson said:

Okay cool. You should be able to bring that  .eps file into PowerPoint and then ungroup it.

Sometimes .eps files will ungroup in ways that make them easy to edit while other times they ungroup into hundreds of small pieces. You just have to try it out. The good news is that regardless of how it ungroups, you can view the individual pieces in the Selection Pane in PowerPoint.

If you have access to a graphics program, you could also make    edits and save to .eps or the Windows-specific formats: .wmf and .emf.

Thanks David.  I was able to make the necessary edits.  Thanks a bunch
Payal Tandon

Tom Kuhlmann said:

There are some opensource or free programs that may let you work with .eps file.  Here's an old link that may help.

http://www.smashingapps.com/2009/02/18/11-free-and-useful-open-source-alternatives-for-designers.html


Thanks Tom.  I will look into this as well.  For now, I was able to make the necessary edits using pptx itself.  As Dave suggested, I was able to use the .eps file on powerpoint 2010 and was able to ungroup the items.