How to Avoid Picture Distortion on Portrait Slides

If you're using PowerPoint and wondering if there is a way to change the page orientation of your slide layout without distorting the pictures, you can, and here are some tips on how. 

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Changing Layout Prior to Inserting Picture

Reset picture back to original properties to avoid distortion on portrait slide
Reset picture back to original properties to avoid distortion on portrait slide. © Wendy Russell

If you change the layout to portrait prior to inserting the picture, the picture will only be inserted to fit the width of the slide (assuming the picture is large enough already), but the background of the slide will show at the top and bottom of the slide.

Using this method, perhaps it is a good idea to change the background of the slides to a solid black so that only the picture will show on screen during the slide show. You can also add any title you want, which will also appear on the slide.

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If Your Presentation Orientation Is Already Set

If you have already created your presentation in landscape, unfortunately, you will have to reinsert all your pictures. Or try out another workaround. (Refer to the image above)

  1. Right-click on the squished picture.
  2. Choose Size and Position... from the shortcut menu that appears.
  3. In the Format Picture dialog box, uncheck the box under the Scale section that says Relative to original picture size.
  4. Click the Reset button followed by the Close button. This will put the picture back to its original proportions.
  5. You can then crop or resize the photo to fit the slide.
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Creating Slideshow with Two Different Presentations

You can also create a slide show of two different (or more) presentations -- one with slides in a portrait orientation and another with slides in landscape orientation. This article will show you how to create a presentation using both portrait and landscape slides.