How to Import IPhoto Pictures in PowerPoint

By Andrew Tennyson

Although your iPhoto pictures folder is directly connected to the iPhoto application, images stored within it are also available for use in other applications, including Microsoft PowerPoint. How you import a picture from your iPhoto folder into PowerPoint varies slightly depending on whether you want to use the picture as part of the slide's content or as its background.

Import as Slide Content

Step 1

Select the slide onto which you want to import your iPhoto picture. You can select a slide either by scrolling through the project slide-by-slide or by clicking the desired slide in the Slide panel on the left of your screen.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab along the top of the PowerPoint window and then click the "Pictures" icon in the Images group to launch the Insert Picture dialog. The Insert Picture dialog is used to add graphics stored on your computer's hard drive.

Step 3

Navigate to your iPhoto folder, click the picture you want to insert, and then click the "Insert" button to import the picture to the active slide. See the Tips section if you're unsure where your iPhoto folder is located.

Import Picture as Slide Background

Step 1

Right-click an empty space on the slide on which you want to add the background picture. A pop-up menu displays.

Step 2

Click "Format Background" on the pop-up menu to launch the Format Background dialog.

Step 3

Select "File" under the Insert Picture From heading, browse to your iPhoto folder and double-click the picture you want to use as a background.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're unsure where your iPhoto folder is located on your hard drive, launch iPhoto, right-click an image and click either "Show File" or "Reveal in Finder." The Finder application will open to your iPhoto folder.
  • Once you've imported the picture into the slide, you can move and resize it. Click and drag a picture to move it to another location. To resize the picture, click it to select it and then drag the corner sizing handles to change its size. The corner sizing handles are the small squares that appear around a picture when it is selected.
  • Take advantage of the Format Background dialog to manipulate a picture you added as a background. Click and drag the "Transparency" slider to adjust the transparency of the picture. Click the "Tile picture as texture" check box to tile your iPhoto picture across the background of the slide. Adjust the four offset fields to fine-tune the placement of the background picture.
  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. It may vary slightly and significantly with other versions or products.