Adding and using images & image bank

Pictures make a presentation; great pictures make a great presentation. Use high-quality images in your Seidat presentations to ensure the best outcome. Seidat has a built-in image bank, where you can store all the pictures you need in your or your team's presentations. All images in the image bank are usable by anyone in the team from any device.


IMAGEBANK IN GENERAL

  • All images used in a presentation have to be uploaded to the Seidat image bank to be used in the presentations. 
  • Each team has their own image bank and you can only use images that have been uploaded to that team.
  • Images can be saved to folders in the image bank and further arranged into subfolders.
  • You can move pictures and folders from one folder to another by dragging and dropping them.
  • Empty folders are deleted automatically.
  • Team members with editing rights may download pictures from Seidat image bank to their device.


IMAGES IN SEIDAT PRESENTATIONS

  • As a general rule of thumb is that the background images should be at least 1920 x 1080 in size to fit the most common screen size of 16:9.
  • The exact size of Seidat's content area is 1280 x 900 pixels. The content area will always be visible regardless of the screen size. The background images will fill the screen according to the shape and size.
  • The required size of the background image varies depending on the device used for presenting. If you are presenting with a phone, a smaller picture will do. If the presenting is happening on a movie theatre sized screen a larger picture may be necessary (up to 5000 x 4000).
  • Larger images might take more time to load when presenting. So too large images might start working against you with slow internet speeds.


USE OF THE IMAGEBANK

ACCESSING THE IMAGEBANK

Image bank can be accessed from three places in Seidat:

  1. From the dashboard by pressing Images icon on the top toolbar (see picture 1.) 
  2. From the slide editor's left toolbar by pressing either of these icons showed below (see picture 2.):


Picture 1.


Picture 2.


IMAGE BANK FEATURES

  • Upload images from multiple locations or drag and drop them into the image bank.
  • Merge selected images (replaces images)
  • See the info of the images
  • Download images to your computer
  • If you want to use any of the other sources, choose the source from the left menu and follow the steps.


Picture 3.


UPLOADING IMAGES INTO THE IMAGEBANK

  • After you have pressed "Upload" -button the upload window will open (picture 4.)
  • Select the preferred source to import the images from (picture 5.)
    • Drag and drop, copy and paste or select images from your computer.
    • Direct URL-link to an image on web.
    • Search the web (picture 8.)
    • Connect your or your company's Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive Business to import photos directly from there.
  • Once you have selected an image or multiple images to import you can see them in a list (picture 6.)
  • You can edit images before importing (picture 7.). Note that images can't be edited after the images have been uploaded.
    • Crop images.
    • Make images round. 
    • Rotate images.


Picture 4.

Picture 5.

Picture 6.

Picture 7.

Picture 8.


REPLACING IMAGES

  • You can replace any image with another from all presentations from image bank.
  • Select two images and press merge from top right. Choose which image will be replacing the other one(s). 
  • The image replaces the other images merged from any presentation this image is used in.
  • This is a good way to replace old logos etc. with few clicks.


Picture 9.


SUPPORTED IMAGE FORMATS

  • JPG
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • SVG


USING THE IMAGES ON A SLIDE

IMAGE TOOLS

When the image is selected, the image tool appears to the top of the screen. The tool's functions are from left to right:

  • Lock element (locks the picture in place, it can't be selected afterwards unless the lock is removed from "Properties" tab on the right side of the screen (can be toggled on and off from top right symbol)
  • Copy image. Copied images can be pasted onto a different slide (will be pasted in the same spot on the page) or completely different presentation within the team.
  • Paste image. 
  • Remove the image. Can also be deleted with the backspace or delete buttons on keyboard.
  • Bring the image forward.
  • The layer level (the higher numbers will be on top of other objects)
  • Send the image backwards
  • Shape colour (disabled with pictures)
  • Undo. Can also be done by pressing cmd/ctrl + Z.
  • Redo. Can also be done by pressing shift + cmd/ctrl + Z


Picture 10.

 

SCALING AND MOVING A PICTURE

Once you have added a picture (not background picture), you can scale it to fit the rest of the elements on the page. 

  • Select the picture by pressing once over the picture.
  • A small square will appear on each corner and side. 
  • You can drag from the small squares the picture to the desired size.
  • Note that some picture formats allow stretching the picture. You can keep SHIFT-button pressed down to keep the original ratio of the picture.
  • If you keep ALT-button pressed, the picture will scale from both sides.
  • You can flip objects by dragging from the small square to the other side of the image. 
  • The image can be moved freely by clicking and holding the picture.


ROTATING AND SKEWING IMAGES

  • Once an image is active it can be rotated by dragging from the blue and white circles outside the corners of the image (picture 11.)
  • Rotation angle can be set from properties also (on right side of picture 11.). Insert the required value (0-359,9°) and press enter.
  • Image skew can be set from the properties tab also. It is situated above the element stack text. Set it to required value (-85 to +85)


Picture 11.

 

USING AN IMAGE AS A BACKGROUND

Adding and removing the background image

  • You can use an image as a background by pressing the background image button from the left toolbar
  • You can add the image like you normally would add a picture.
  • The picture will be "behind" every layer and can't be resized or reframed. If you want to resize or reframe the picture it has to be before importing it to Seidat's image bank.
  • To remove the background image from the slide, open the image background image tool and click "No image" at the bottom of the pop-up screen. 

Tips

  • Good and correctly used background images can help the message of a slide to sink into the viewers. 
  • A background image should be in dialogue with the text and vice versa. 
  • The background image shouldn't be too informative and action-packed.
  • Use of different backgrounds in a presentation keeps the viewers active.
  • You can add a coloured and partly opaque layer on top of the background image to make it pop out more.


Background image quality

  • The background image's quality should be at least 1920 x 1080 pixels to work on most 16:9 screens (even on retina screens). 
  • However, it should be kept in mind, that the bigger and better the screen, the larger and sharper the image should be.

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