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02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Petal Shapes in PowerPoint

Do you want to create a flower diagram, or just draw a normal flower? You will soon realize that PowerPoint’s Shape Gallery offers no Petal shape or even no Leaf shape. However, PowerPoint’s amazing Merge Shapes tools allow you to create almost any shape without having actually to draw anything. And they also allow you to create convincing Petal shapes. We show you two ways to create a Petal


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Edit Points for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When a shape is inserted into a PowerPoint slide, its default appearance is related to the points that it contains. Alter the points, and you can change the original shape to anything you want. PowerPoint's native Edit Points tool makes it almost a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. This is very similar to what you would do in Adobe


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Drawing with the Scribble line tool is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line tool, but there is one vital difference. You don't need to double click to create an end point for your line with the Scribble tool. Also, once you start drawing with the Scribble tool, you can’t release the mouse button until you finish drawing. So, you can’t draw a perfect, straight line as you would do


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Drawing a simple straight, point to point line in PowerPoint 2016 is a piece of cake. Now, in this tutorial, we'll move on further to show you how you can draw a curved line. With curved lines, you can create both open and closed shapes. Learn how to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2016.


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Drawing Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Beyond being just a program to create slides, PowerPoint is also a great illustration program with tools and options that rival top end graphic programs. Yes, you have learned how you can use readymade shapes in PowerPoint to place rectangles, circles, and hundreds of other shapes. However, PowerPoint also has the ability to create shapes from scratch by drawing them. These drawing tools are


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Apply 3-D Depth to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Depth, as a parameter for 3-D objects, plays a very important role. In simple terms, Depth is the distance from the highest to the lowest, and typically has a value that’s larger than zero. Even though you rotate a shape that has a Depth of zero, you won’t see any optimum results. So, you can first rotate your object, but you must add Depth soon after. Learn how to apply 3-D depth to


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's 3-D options allow you to rotate shapes or add beveled edges. And these 3-D options are surprisingly powerful. In fact, some of these options are good enough to be compared to a basic 3-D program! While you can always apply a 3-D Rotation preset effect to a shape, you can actually rotate your shape in 3-D space on your own by altering the X, Y, and Z position coordinates. Explore


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Among all the Shape Effects in PowerPoint, the 3-D ones stand apart. For any of the 3-D effects to work, you must understand two important 3-D parameters. These two parameters are 3-D Rotation and 3-D Depth. Although you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus you must first rotate your object and then add Depth. Learn how to


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Apply Bevel Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

By default, PowerPoint shapes that you insert on your slide are flat and two-dimensional. And this indeed works well most of the time. Yet, there are situations that may benefit from a 3D graphic. It is times like these that you can apply a plethora of Shape Effects that PowerPoint provides, or just use the Bevel shape effect that makes it stand apart by making your shape look embossed, like a


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Applying a Glow effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time, especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors. So if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and change the glow color, alter the spread or transparency, etc.


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

As part of our series on PowerPoint effects for shapes, we will explore the Glow effect. This effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. This effect is an Outer Glow surrounding the shape, and not an Inner Glow effect. You can choose from various glow colors such as Theme colors or even any other color of your choice to match the look of the slide content. Learn how to apply


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Advanced Reflection Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Reflection effects that PowerPoint provides can be applied with a single click, and can indeed do wonders for your shapes. However, if you get too carried away by the swanky looking reflections, you may end up distracting your audiences. Most of PowerPoint's reflection presets that you learned to apply in our Reflection Effects for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial are attractive, yet


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Apply any of the various effects in PowerPoint, and your shapes may stand out; literally out of the slide! In this series on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2016, we have explored several effect types. On this page, you will learn how you can quickly add a convincing Reflection effect to a shape. Learn how to apply Reflection effects to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Advanced Shadow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The shadow effect in PowerPoint adds more depth to your selected shape, and you may achieve the perfect shadow effect the very first time you use PowerPoint's default shadow options. However, you may want that shadow to be a wee bit longer, or just a little less pronounced. Or maybe you want the shadow to sport a color that's different. Learn about options to edit the Shadow Effect in


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint’s Shape Effects are used to enhance the look of your shapes, and with PowerPoint 2016 providing a vast repertoire of effects, you can easily get busy playing with all the options available! To save time, you can apply any of the Preset shape effects. If you choose to apply individual effects, the time involved may be more, but the results can be distinctive. For example, even with


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint provides six types of Shape Effects; more than one of these effects can be applied to a selected shape. Some combinations of these effects look better than others. Having said so, practicing restraint not to go overboard with all effects is always a good thing. Also, trying out all the effect combinations may take a lot of time. Fortunately, the Presets option comes to your rescue.


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

So what are effects? Effects are different than fills and outlines. With the plethora of effects available in PowerPoint, you can make a shape stand apart with a drop shadow. Other effects allow you to create convincing reflections, spreading glows, 3D bevel effects, and even soft edges. Even better, all these effects are not destructible and can be turned on and off at your will. Learn


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shapes tend to be similar to each other. You may work with one shape and then realize that you used the wrong one. Typically, users create a 5 pointed star when they need a star with 4 or 8 points, and that was just one example! Let's explore another scenario: you worked on a shape and applied effects, animations, and fills to this shape. Later you realize that you used a wrong shape, or


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

So what exactly does grouping mean? And what is ungrouping and regrouping going to do further? The moment you select a slide object such as a shape on a PowerPoint slide, you will see some selection handles -- this indicates that the shape is selected. Select another shape while the first one is still selected and you see two sets of selection handles. If you need to similarly select many


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Align Shapes to Center of Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We have already shown you how to align shapes in PowerPoint 2016 -- however for alignment to work, you need to have more than one shape (or any other slide object) selected so that they can align with each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a single group of shapes) to the exact center of your slide. Fortunately, that is easy to achieve. Learn how to center a shape


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Cookie Cutter Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Do you want to create a triangular table? Even better, don't you want to use a process that not only makes the table completely editable but which ends up with a shape that is not limited to just a triangle? We are going to use two PowerPoint techniques to achieve this trick. Learn how to make cookie cutter shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After adding text within a shape (or a text box) in PowerPoint 2016, you can also perform basic edits like adding, deleting, or replacing existing text. Other than the basic text editing you can even control how your text is aligned within the shape. To do that you need to access these options within the Format Shape Task Pane. Learn how to align text within a shape or text box in PowerPoint


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Text within Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Text is probably the most important element on your PowerPoint slides! You may have heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but more often than not, that picture needs a caption to be understood better -- and even when there are no captions, a narrative is required. And that narrative is text too. Text can be added almost everywhere within PowerPoint slides -- from


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The shape on your slide looks perfect. It's got the right color and it works well with your slide content -- yet there's something that could be better? There are times when most slide designers think exactly the same thoughts! And the easiest task you can do to your shape is to flip it. There are other options -- and some of these options depend upon the shape in question. Let's use the


02/28/2017 06:34 AM

Rotate Text 180° within Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

If you have worked aplenty with text in PowerPoint, you must be aware that you cannot rotate text within a shape by 180°. What's surprising is that you can rotate text by 90° and 270° within a shape, but not by 180°! But why would you need upside-down text that is rotated 180°? Many users do need this upside-down text to explain advanced concepts. Learn how to rotate text 180° within a shape


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