Inserting Images

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As the saying goes, “Pictures are worth a 1000 words.” The right images make a more effective presentation. Luckily, Prezi Classic makes inserting images quick and simple.

Inserting images (Pro Plus, Pro, Edu Pro, or Enjoy licenses)

If you have a Prezi Classic Pro Plus, Pro, Edu Pro, or Enjoy license, you can insert an image directly from the pop-out sidebar.

  1. Select Insert>Image from the top menu.
  2. Type in your search term in the field under “Search images on the web.”
  3. Then either double-click the image or drag and drop it directly to your prezi canvas.

To insert images from your computer

  1. Select Insert > Image from the top menu.
  2. Click Select files… from the pop-up menu that appears.
  3. Choose the file you want to upload. You can upload multiple files from your hard drive at any time, simply select more than one file by holding the CONTROL (SHIFT or CMD for Macs) key when selecting your files.
  4. Click Open.

After you have added your image to the canvas, use the Transformation Tool to size and rotate your image (or delete the image if you want to).

Tip: You can fade into images so that they don’t immediately appear to your audience. For more information on fade-in animation, click here. You can also watch our video on a technique we like to call The Big Reveal.

Inserting images from your computer (Public or Edu Enjoy licenses)

If you have a Public or Edu Enjoy license, you can insert an image saved on your computer.

To insert an image from your computer

  1. Go to Insert > Image.
  2. Click Select files… located at the top of the “Insert images” sidebar.
  3. Locate the image you want to upload and click Open.

Adding effects to images

You can add effects to your images without having to download any additional software, so you can set a mood, cover up blemishes, remove redeye, and much more all within Prezi Classic.

To add effects to a photo

In Edit Mode, click on the image you want to change to bring up the Transformation Tool. Tap Effects.

This will bring up a new window. From here you'll be able to choose the effect you want to use.

Note: Public license holders will see only the first three effect options (Enhance, Effects, Frames). The full range of effects you see above is available only to Pro Plus, Pro, and Edu Pro license holders.

Once you choose an effect you like, click Apply. If you decide that you don't want to keep the new effect, click Cancel at any time.

After you apply the effects, you’ll see your image as it will look with the changes. You can still cancel by clicking the “X” icon in the top-right corner of the window.

You can apply several effects, or if you’re happy with your image edits, click Save to return to editing your prezi.

For more information on the different image effects available in Prezi Classic, click here.

Cropping images

You can crop an image simply by clicking on it and selecting Crop Image.

This will bring up the image cropping tool. From here you can drag anyone of the four corners to crop your image. When you are happy click outside the image and you will see the changes take effect.

Please note that cropping images does not permanently edit them. The parts you removed are just hidden. You can select Crop Image again to edit your crop.

Replacing images

Switch one image for another by clicking on it in Edit Mode and then clicking Replace.

You will then be prompted to select an image from your computer or the web to replace the existing image.

The second image will be placed in the exact space as the original.

Note: It can take a few seconds for Prezi Classic to start to import the second image. Please be patient.

Check out this video to see how you can replace and crop your images:

Layering objects

You can access even more options for positioning and editing your content (including layering objects) by right-clicking on any object in your prezi.

The right-click menu

Right-click (CTRL+click on Macs with default setup) on any object to bring up these options.

  • Add to Favorites adds the selected content to your collection of saved content.
  • Bring Forward: bring the selected object one layer forward.
  • Bring to Front: bring the selected object to the very top layer.
  • Send Backward: send the selected object one layer backward.
  • Send to Back: send the selected object to the back layer behind all other objects.
  • Turn spell-checker off: Disables the spell-check function.
  • Start presentation: Enters Presentation Mode.
  • Cut: the selected object will be removed and placed on your computer's clipboard. You can achieve the same result using CTRL+X (CMD+X on Macs).
  • Copy: the selected object will be copied to your computer's clipboard. You can also use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C (CMD+C on Macs).
  • Paste: pastes copied or cut selections from your computer's clipboard to your prezi. You can also use the shortcut CTRL+V (CMD+V on Macs).
  • Delete: Deletes the selected object. You can undo this using the “Undo” button in the upper left menu or with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Z (CMD+Z on Macs).

Adding background images

Adding a background image is a great way to add design and make your prezi stand out. Luckily, Prezi Classic makes it simple.

To add a background image

In Edit Mode, click Customize. A sidebar will open on the right of your canvas.

Here, you can change the background by selecting a theme, or you can add your own image. To upload an image from your computer, select Choose file… located underneath the view of your current background in the right sidebar. Once you find the image you want, select Open and it will appear on your screen.

If you change your mind and want to return to the previous background, just tap the “Undo” icon in the upper left corner or hold CTRL+Z (CMD+Z for Mac). If you want to go back to the original background image you started with, click Revert to original.

To add greater depth to your background images, you can use Prezi Classic’s 3D effect feature. You can add a 3D background from a single image, or you can add multiple 3D backgrounds.

Click here for information on background images, or here for information on 3D backgrounds in Prezi Classic.

Image requirements

  • Prezi Classic currently supports JPG, PNG, GIF, and SWF formats. Prezi Classic does not support animated GIFs or SWF animations.
  • "Progressive" or CMYK JPEGs and the JPEG2000 format are currently not supported.
  • For optimal results, we recommend inserting images that are no larger than 1024 by 1024 pixels.
  • The maximum size for any image is 2880 by 2880 pixels unless it's inserted as a 3D background image. You may succeed in uploading a JPG larger than this, but this will likely cause various problems while editing and presenting. These limitations are set by the Flash platform and not Prezi Classic. If you upload a JPG larger than these specifications, Prezi Classic will prompt you to resize the image. Click Resize image to reduce the image to a usable size. For file formats other than JPG, you will need to use third party software to reduce the size of the image file.

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