Create and share a photo album

A PowerPoint photo album is a presentation that you can create to display your personal or business photographs. You can either download PowerPoint Photo Album Templates photo album templates from Microsoft Office.com, or you can create your own.

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Overview of creating a photo album

When creating your photo album in PowerPoint, you can add effects that include attention-getting slide transitions (transition: One of a set of transitional display effects that are available in some Microsoft Office applications. Transitions specify how the display changes (such as fading to black) as a user moves from one item (such as slide or Web page) to another.), colorful backgrounds and themes (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.), specific layouts (layout: The arrangement of elements, such as title and subtitle text, lists, pictures, tables, charts, AutoShapes, and movies, on a slide.), and more to your photo albums.

After you have added the pictures to your album, you can add captions, adjust the order and layout, add frames around the pictures, and even apply a theme to further customize the look of your album.

PowerPoint pre-built photo album template

If you don't want to create your own photo album, you can find free, pre-made photo album templates on Office.com (see Static picture effects for PowerPoint slides)

Share your photos with others

To share your photo album with your friends and family, you can do one of the following:

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Add a picture from a file or disk

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Images group, click the arrow under Photo Album, and then click New Photo Album.
  2. In the Photo Album dialog box, under Insert picture from, click File/Disk.
  3. In the Insert New Pictures dialog box, locate the folder that contains the picture that you want to insert, and then click Insert.
  4. If you want to change the order in which the pictures are displayed, under Pictures in album, click the file name of the picture that you want to move, and then use the arrow buttons to move it up or down in the list.
  5. In the Photo Album dialog box, click Create.

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Add a caption

When you add captions, you type text that describes each picture in your photo album.

  1. Add a picture.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Images group, click the arrow under Photo Album, and then click Edit Photo Album.
  3. In the Edit Photo Album dialog box, under Picture Options, select the Captions below ALL pictures check box.

     Note   If the Captions below All pictures check box is unavailable and greyed out, under Album Layout you'll want to choose a layout. Do not choose Fit to page if you want to add captions.

  4. Click Update.
  5. By default, PowerPoint uses the picture file name as a placeholder for the caption text.
  6. In Normal view, click the caption text placeholder, and then type the caption.

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Change the appearance of a picture

  1. Open the photo album presentation containing the picture that you want to change.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Images group, click the arrow under Photo Album, and then click Edit Photo Album.
  3. In the Edit Photo Album dialog box, do one or more of the following:
  • To display all the pictures in your photo album in black and white, under Picture Options, select the ALL pictures black and white check box.
  • To change the layout of your pictures, under Album Layout, in the Picture layout list, select the layout that you want.
  • To frame your pictures, under Album Layout, in the Frame shape list, select a frame shape that looks good with all of the pictures in your photo album.
  • To select a theme for your photo album, under Album Layout, next to Theme, click Browse, and then in the Choose Theme dialog box, locate the theme that you want to use.

To learn more about using themes, see Apply a theme to add color and style to your presentation.

  • To add a text box (which provides spacing between your photo album pictures), under Pictures in album, click the picture that you want to add a text box, and then click New Text Box.
  • To rotate, increase or decrease the brightness, or increase or decrease the contrast of a picture, in the Pictures in album list, click the picture that you want to rotate, and then do the following:
    • To rotate a picture clockwise, click Button image.
    • To rotate a picture counter-clockwise, clickButton image
    • To increase the contrast, click Button image.
    • To decrease the contrast, click Button image.
    • To increase the brightness, click Button image.
    • To decrease the brightness, click Button image.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010