Convert Text To SmartArt
When you are interested in improving the visual appeal of your PowerPoint presentation and currently it has way too many slides with bullet points and text. Consider converting some of those bullet points into SmartArt graphics.
Select the bulleted text then from the Home tab select Convert SmartArt Graphic simply choose from any of the design presented to you or choose More SmartArt Graphic and choose from a wider range.
Take note that some of the designs you choose may have limitations like the Funnel graphic has a limit of four lines of level 1. When in doubt read the comment on the right when you select a graphic.
The YouTube below will guide you through the converting text to SmartArt process.
Storing Pictures In A SmartArt Graphic
If what you are after is graphics with the capability to store a picture. You could look at each category from the SmartArt dialogue or better still choose picture from the category area. This will have a collection from all the categories that will hold pictures.
This saves you time going into each category to find a SmartArt with a picture option.
By adding pictures to your presentation, you break up the boring amounts of text with visual aids. Consider enhancing your picture by adding a picture style such as a Black/White frame, Shadow effect or reflection.
Try inserting a shape then through Shape Fill select Picture which you can access via the Internet, your own files or use Icons. Then strategically position your picture appropriately.
When cropping pictures, the full file size remains, if this becomes a struggle you can compress the picture by selecting Delete Cropped Areas of Pictures. This will ensure that the picture file size is reduced, and you will not be able to get back the cropped areas of your picture.
The best tool for capturing screen shots is Screen Clipping which is found in all Microsoft Office products but recently I discovered a shortcut key. Screenshot is like the Snipping tool that most people might know.
The Shortcut Key is Windows icon, Shift S. Then Paste into which ever application you need.