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PowerPoint 2010 is Downsampling My Images
PowerPoint 2007 had a very nasty habit of auto compressing images when you saved your presentation. This could create fuzzy images and also kill animated gifs.
At first glance 2010 seems much better but it too has a very nasty habit. When you INSERT images (you don't even need to save) the image is downsampled usually to 220 DPI but in special circumstances to 150 or even 96 DPI.
You may not notice this because, after all, 220 DPI is usually more than you need.
However there's a second nasty trick. If there is an emprt content placeholder then the image is resized to fit. Let's look at an example.
I have an image. It's a 10" x 7.5" image at 300 DPI. 3000 x 2250 pixels. I insert it onto the slide below which has a fairly small content placeholder.
The image is now 2.5" x 1.1.875" and is downsampled to 220 DPI. That makes it only 550 x 412 pixels (approx). If I enlarge or crop I am going to see the loss of quality!
Stop It Doing This!
There's no simple permanent way to stop this behaviour. However there is a way to chnage the registry. As always please consider whether you know what you are doing before messing with the registry even though this change is fairly safe even if you get it wrong.
MAKE sure PowerPoint is completely closed.
Type Regedit into SEARCH PROGRAMS AND FILES and then click Regedit.exe.
RIGHT click in the right pane >> Add > DWORD (32-bit) Value
Rename the key you just added to AutomaticPictureCompressionDefault. The value should already be "0" (False) but if not change it to zero.
OK out and see if PowerPoint has learned NOT to mess with your images.
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