Inside WI > BaRC > Graphics > PowerPoint

Power Point

Caution: Please do not use PowerPoint as a drawing program.

It may be tempting because it's simple and familiar. But its simplicity can get you into trouble.

If you want to print a poster, put a figure into a grant, or just make a high quality print for a paper, PowerPoint is much more limited than other drawing programs such as Illustrator or InDesign. You may lose resolution, color and even object placement during the process. The simplicity of the program makes it very inflexible in working with other programs and performing sophisticated tasks available in other applications.

What to do then? PP is a good tool for presentations, so don't despair. The key is to make figures in Photoshop or Illustrator, save copies of them as jpegs or gifs, and then insert those into the PowerPoint presentation. 

Use compressed formats when inserting images, such as JPEG in Photoshop. Remember to save the original documents for other uses and take note of where you saved them!