Drawing Shopping Bags in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to use default shapes in PowerPoint 2013 to draw a shopping bag.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint is a ubiquitous presentation program that also works great as a simple drawing program. We have already done an extensive series of tutorials on shapes, and in this tutorial you will learn how to use simple techniques already explained in other tutorials to draw a shopping bag in PowerPoint 2013. No, you need not go back to those older tutorials since most concepts are drop-dead easy – yet if you want to know more, we have linked to all technique tutorials in the relevant parts of this page. So let’s start creating our shopping bag!
- Launch PowerPoint 2013 -- within the
select the Blank Presentation option. PowerPoint will open a new slide -- you can
change the slide layout
to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout |
- Click the Insert tab (or Home tab) of the
Ribbon, and select the
Shapes button. This opens the Shapes drop-down gallery that you can see in
Figure 1. Within the Shapes drop-down gallery, select the
Trapezoid shape from the Basic Shapes category (highlighted in
red within Figure 1).
Figure 1: Trapezoid shape selected within Shapes drop-down gallery
- Place the cursor on your slide, and click once to
insert a trapezoid. Now,
resize it to look like a bag (see
Figure 2: Trapezoid shape resized to match the base of the shopping bag
- Now select the trapezoid, and press Ctrl+D to make a duplicate of the
trapezoid shape (see
PowerPoint places the duplicate shape over the original trapezoid --
nudge or move the duplicate shape towards
the right of the original shape as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Duplicated trapezoid shape, moved towards the right of the original
- Now resize the duplicated
trapezoid horizontally to make it thin, as shown in the Figure 4. Don't resize the trapezoid
Figure 4: Resize the trapezoid shape to make it thin.
- Now rotate the thin trapezoid shape
to slant over the original shape so that it forms the side of your bag, as shown in the
Figure 5: Thin trapezoid being rotated to form the side portion of the bag
- Nudge it towards the original
trapezoid on the left, and adjust its position to match the side of a shopping bag. You may want to make the side
portion shorter or taller by resizing,
as required. At this point, your shopping bag without handles is ready, as shown in Figure 6.
Next we create those handles.
Figure 6: Two trapezoids make a shopping bag without handles!
- Revisit the Shapes drop-down gallery (see Step 2 above), and select the
Block Arc shape, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 7: Block Arc is selected from the Shapes drop-down gallery
- Place the cursor on the slide which contains your half done shopping bag, and click once to
insert a Block Arc as
shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8: Block Arc inserted
- Now, manipulate the Block Arc suitably using its
yellow squares to
match the handle of a bag as shown in Figure 9. Here's a hint: one of the yellow squares makes
the bag handle thinner, and the other makes it longer. You may also want to
resize the handle using the white
Figure 9: Block Arc is resized to match the handle of a shopping bag
- Drag this resized Block Arc and place atop the bag.
Resize it further again if needed to
make it to look like a handle of the shopping bag as shown in Figure 10.
Figure 10: Handle placed on top of the shopping bag
- Make a duplicate of the
handle (press Ctrl+D), as shown in Figure 11.
Figure 11: Duplicated handles
- Reposition this duplicated handle to be aligned, as shown in Figure 12. You can possibly
just nudge the duplicated shape, or if
you must be exact -- then go ahead and learn how to
align shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Figure 12: Handles aligned to top
- Select the duplicated handle, right-click it and choose the Send to Back |
Send to Back option in the resultant menu. This will place the duplicated handle behind the
original handle, as shown in Figure 13. Learn how to
reorder shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Figure 13: Duplicated handle sent to back
- As of now we have a completed shopping bag. If you want, you can also label it. To do that, first make sure
that you are on the same slide on which you have created the shopping bag. Then access the
Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the WordArt button to
bring up the drop-down gallery which displays different WordArt preview thumbnails shown in
Figure 14: WordArt drop-down gallery
- Select the WordArt variant of your choice and click on it -- just make sure that the variant you choose
uses a text color that contrasts well with the color of your shopping bag.
- This will insert a text
box on your slide with some dummy text. Type something in this text box to replace the dummy text -- in
Figure 15, you can see that we have typed the word SALE.
Figure 15: Text with WordArt applied
- Drag the text box over the bag graphic, and
rotate it just a little as shown in
Figure 16. Your shopping bag is now ready. If you want, you can
the slide objects that comprise your bag (the two trapezoids, the two block arcs, and the WordArt text), and
Figure 16: Shopping bag drawn using basic PowerPoint shapes
- Save your presentation often.
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