Distance Cartograms in PowerPoint 2013 - Part 2
Learn how to customize the Distance Cartograms created in PowerPoint.
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
In an earlier tutorial, we've showed you how a distance cartogram can be created in PowerPoint 2013 by using the native shapes and the Merge Shape commands. Now that you have the "donut" structures and a small circle of the cartogram in place (see Figure 1), let us create an actual cartogram from this structure.
Figure 1: Donut shapes will help you create a cartogram
Follow these steps to customise your own distance cartograms:
- Start with the single circle and the multiple donut shapes aligned together, as shown in Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: All the donut shapes
- Now select each individual shape and apply fills. In this example, we applied a gradient fill to each shape (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Apply gradient fills to the donut shapes
- Optionally, apply outlines to your individual shapes (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Apply outlines
- Now let us add a center caption -- in our example, we are going to explore air fares from Atlanta -- so we added a small circle shape (to make a dot) and a text box with the word "Atlanta", as shown in Figure 5, below.
Figure 5: Add a center caption
- Similarly, add more circles and captions -- do note that each sequential donut represents $50 more (your data may require a different value for each sequential donut) -- place the circles (dots) and captions as per your data (see Figure 6).
Figure 6: Add more circles and captions
- Once done, you can group the entire content. You could also add animation to individual shapes and/or the circles and the captions.
- Save your presentation often.