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3.3 Images

In this video we’ll cover the various ways to add images in OnlyOffice Presentations, how to control their layout, and how to perform some basic image editing without leaving the software.

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3.3 Images

Hey welcome back to up and running with ONLYOFFICEpresentations. In the last lesson we finished up going through how you work with text in presentations, and now we're moving on to how you work with images. There are a couple more images that we're going to be using in this video. All three are from the element side, so again if you want to follow along exactly with what I'm doing, then you can grab these downloads. So we've got this image, black and white stationery on a white table, this coffee machine image, and this colored image of some cups and sauces. So the links for those will be in the note below this video. Okay, so when it comes to adding images, there's basically two ways that you can do it. You can add an image directly onto the canvas of a slide or you can add an image as a background. That background can be to a shape or it can be as background to the whole slide as we briefly saw earlier. First, let's see how we can add an image directly onto the canvas. There's two spots that you can do it. One is from the Home tab that you've got this image button here, or from the Insert tab, you have an image button here as well. So you can either hit it directly or you can hit this dropdown to give you options on where you can set your file from. You can either insert it directly from your drive with the image from file option, or if you have an image that you've got hosted in your own server space somewhere, you can choose to insert an image from a URL instead. In the web based option, you also have the option to insert from storage. So, if you have some images that you've already uploaded to your storage in your hosted version of the software or that your teammates using the same hosted service have uploaded and shared with you, then you're gonna be able to access those images here. For now, we're gonna start with just directly inserting an image from a file, and I'm going to insert that close up of black and white stationary image that I pointed out before. Okay, so now that we've got the image on the canvas there's a couple of things we can do. If we wanna select the image, just click on it. From here we can click and drag to move it around. If we hover over one of the handles around the outside then we can resize the image. We can also squish the image up if we want We can rotate it by grabbing the little circle at the top of the image, just there. We can also rotate in 90-degree increments here. This is the image sidebar panel that will come up as being available when you have an image selected. So we can rotate in 90-degree increments, clockwise and counterclockwise. And we also have the option to flip the image horizontally and vertically. Then if you've got a bunch of stuff and you don't really like the changes that you've made and you wanna go all the way back to the beginning, then just see the default size box here. That won't reset your rotation. So if you want to reset your rotation, click the Show Advanced Settings link here, go into the Rotation tab here, and then change the angle to 0 degrees. From here you can also crop the image if it's not quite the aspect ratio that you want. Just choose the crop button here, then you see the handles around the outside have changed their appearance. So just grab one of those handles. Drag it up until you get the cropping that you want to use and click somewhere else on the canvas to apply those changes. If you need to go back you can, again, just hit that default size button. You'll notice that there are two other features here. One is Fill and the others Fit. With these two features you can draw a box first, then adjust the image to suit that box. So if I choose Fill, and then I drag out these corners, then I choose Fill again, then it will fill up that space even if it means that some portions of the image are obscured. Instead, if I choose Fit, then it's going to make sure that the entire image fits inside that box even if some areas of the box are left empty. So those are all of your basic image editing tools that you have available to you when you directly insert an image onto the canvas, but as I mentioned, you also have the option to insert images as backgrounds. So for example, if we look at this slide, you see that we have these placeholders, the six placeholders for images. To insert an image in as a background to one of these placeholders, you wanna select it by clicking on its edge, and then where it says color field, changes to picture or texture, then browse for your image. In this case we are going to use the large coffee machine image. And then you can see that it's inserted that image as a background. This is a side note, if you're downloading a stock image from Envato elements and you wanna use it in a small size like this, it's probably worth taking it into some image editing software and scaling it down before you use it. Cuz you can see that there is a little bit of artifacting in this image because the presentation software is trying to scale that image down, but an actual image editing program will do a better job of that scaling for you. And then there is just one more thing that I wanted to point out when you're working with background images. You recall earlier when we added a background image to our slide, we deleted that background shape, we added a picture, and the image that we inserted was this one. You'll notice that this is squashed up. It's being squashed to fit the size of this slide, and that is because this property here is set to stretch. If we set it to tile, it will retain the correct aspect ratio but the image is far too large for us to use that way. So what we need to do is scale the image to the size of our slide. In order to do that, you need to know what size your slide is. To find out, we can go to the Home tab, you can click this little dropdown here, go to Advanced Settings, and here it's going to show you the width and the height. So we've got 55.88 centimeters and 30.48 centimeters. So I've taken this coffee bean image into an image editor, and I've cropped and scaled it so that it fits the aspect ratio given to me by these two numbers. Now I don't actually need to use an image that is a full 55 by 30 centimeters wide because that's actually gonna be a really large file size and it'd be more for your system to process. So I scaled it down to half of those dimensions. And then if I use that image instead, this cropped version, now you can see that the aspect ratio is correct. Okay, and the next thing that I just wanna show you quickly is some more advanced image editing that you can do inside in ONLYOFFICE Presentations using the photo editor plugin. And this is one of this plugins that I mentioned earlier doesn't, as far as I can ascertain, work in the desktop version, you need to use the web version. Okay, so here we are in the web version of ONLYOFFICE Presentations, and I've uploaded that empty cup and saucer colored image that I showed you before. I can do some more advanced editing on this image by selecting it, going into the plugins tab, and then choosing the photo editor. In here we've got a bunch of extra things that we can do with this image. So different types of tools are along the bottom here. Right now we're in the filter area, but we can also apply a mask, add some text on top, draw shapes on top, add annotations and perform rotations, flipping and cropping. You already saw how you can do flipping and cropping and rotation with the basic editing tools before so I won't spend too much time on those. However it is worth noting that you get some predefined aspect ratios here for cropping so that can be really useful. But let's have a look at these other features instead. So the filters area is quite interesting. You'll notice that this is the only color image that I downloaded. Sometimes you might find a color image that you really want to have in black and white. So instead of opening it up in some desktop image editing software, instead you can jump in here, go into the filter section and just click grayscale. And then your image is black and white. There's a bunch of other filters that you can apply here. You can invert the colors. You can make it sepia with different tones. You can blur the image. You can sharpen the image. And you can emboss the image. You can also make different types of modifications to the image. So here I can change up the amount of white that's visible in this image. I can add a gradient overlay, and I can change the brightness, Add noise, Pixelate the image And add color filters. I can also overlay a tint on top of this image with various colors. So that can be a really nice way to make an image fit in with the color scheme of your presentation. I can darken the image with this multiply setting here. Or I can lighten the image with this blend setting. So this filter's really useful. I also can apply an image mask. So an image mask will hide a portion of the image that you're working with. So I'm gonna load up a masking image. I have this circular mask, which is just a white circle on a black background, I'm gonna open that up. I'm going to stretch it out so that it covers the whole image. And then I'm going to apply. And now you can see that it's hidden these outer areas of this image. I can also add text on top. That's fairly straightforward. Just add text and change up the colors to make sure that the text is visible, and then move that text somewhere if you need to. In the same way I can add shapes. There's all kinds of different shapes that we can add in here. This doesn't look really great, but again just to show you how everything works. More shapes are available here. Or you can get in here and directly draw over the top of the image which can be great for adding some little handwritten notes. And as you're going along if you need to undo anything, then you can click this button to undo or this button to redo. Then when you're done, just hit OK. And that will commit your changes to your image and apply them to your slide. Okay, so now you know all of the essential information about working with images in ONLYOFFICE presentations. In the next lesson, which is gonna be the last part of our adding content section, we're gonna see how you can work with shapes. So we'll do that in the next video. I'll see you there.

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