Vector Images in Prezi Next

Prezi Classic: The only file format used for vector images in Prezi Classic is SWF.

Prezi Next: SWF is an Adobe Flash file format. Since Flash is being discontinued, the new Prezi no longer supports SWF files.

Workaround: Use the PDF file format with a white background to simulate a vector graphic with transparency.

First, a little about graphics file formats. Raster graphics are made up of tiny square pixels. When you expand the size of that square inch by zooming in on it, you can clearly see the pixels, making the image appear blurry. Vector graphics are not made of pixels. Complex mathematical formulas determine the location of points, lines and curves that make up a vector graphic. Vectors are scalable, meaning they will retain their shape no matter what size they are. When you zoom in on a vector, the lines will always remain crisp and clear.

If you want scalable graphics in Prezi Classic, you must use the SWF format. Prezi Next does not allow SWF images. The graphic file formats supported by Prezi Next are JPGs, PNGs, non-animated GIFs, and PDFs. When you think of PDFs, you usually think of printed documents but images can also be saved in this file format. Best of all, Prezi Next works some magic on PDFs so that white backgrounds disappear when they are inserted onto the canvas.

So the workaround for SWF files is to convert your images to the PDF file format with a white background. Microsoft PowerPoint and many other apps have the capability of saving as a PDF. Just look under the “Save As” options. See the step-by-step instructions below for converting a graphic from a PowerPoint slide into a vector image you can insert into Prezi Next.

Import a PowerPoint Image as a Vector

  1. First, open the slide in PowerPoint.
  2. If the image you want for your prezi is made up of several shapes, group the shapes together.
  3. Right-click on the image or group and select Save As Picture.
  4. Make sure you change the file type to PDF before you click Save.
  5. Open your prezi and insert the PDF image.
  6. Prezi will automatically remove the background and give you a nice crisp vector image.

This blog article is a part of a series of workarounds to help Prezi Classic users make better use of Prezi Next. For more information like this check out our online course: Transition to Prezi Next.

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