To begin to convert a PowerPoint® presentation to 35mm slides, set the proper
page size for your slides:
Most printers use 8.5" x 11" paper, but slides correspond to a
size of 7.5" x 11.25". To make a 35mm PowerPoint® presentation, change your page
size by changing your setup. Click the File Menu, click Page Setup, and make
sure that the "Slides Sized for:" box says "35mm slides." Use the default size
that it gives you. Or you could be totally exact and change the numbers to 7.33
x 11, which would be a Custom page size. Then click OK.
Detailed discussion and example image of sizing your
presentation for 35mm slides.
Preparing your 35mm slide presentations:
Do not run your text or artwork all the way out to the edge of
the background. Leave about a half inch of space from the edge of the
background on your screen or the text/art will be cut off by the slide mount.
Make your text as large as possible to increase readability. Use a dark
background and light colored letters or your slides will be difficult to read.
Considerations regarding images in your presentation to be put
on 35mm slides: should be 24-bit RGB color with the resolution of 4096 x
2732 pixels or less. Click for some
additional discussion images (bitmaps) for
To avoid unwanted font substitution use only the standard
fonts that came with Windows and PowerPoint®. The standard fonts are:
Times New Roman
Bookman Old Style
If you need to use other fonts, be sure to save the fonts with your file.
In PowerPoint® 97 you can save your fonts with your file by selecting Embed
TrueType under Save As. (Please note that fonts with similar names are not
the same font. For instance, Courier is not the same as Courier New.
Use Courier New, not Courier.)
Saving your files for 35mm PowerPoint® slides:
STEP 1. If you have inserted any
pictures into your presentation...
Be absolutely certain NOT TO MERELY LINK them, but to actually
EMBED them as indicated. Do NOT check the Link to File box.
Failure to observe this rule will result in big empty areas
where you images should have been.
STEP 2. Open the SLIDE SETUP
Choose "35mm Slide" to ensure that your images fill the entire
surface of the 35mm frame, which is more elongated than a standard letter-size
sheet of paper.
Hit OK, and then review your images to verify that they are
still acceptable as formatted in the longer frame.
Save the finished PowerPoint® file in the standard presentation
format, being certain that the embed TrueType checkbox is selected.
Save your slides as a normal PowerPoint® 97, 2000 or XP for Windows presentation file with a ".ppt"
extension. Please do not print it to a file.
Then go to our order page to see
review options on how to send your file.