Drawing a CD or DVD in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to use default shapes in PowerPoint 2013 to draw a CD or DVD.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Do you want to use PowerPoint to create a graphic of a CD -- of course a CD looks a lot like a DVD or Blu-Ray disc as well! In this tutorial, you will learn how a slide program like PowerPoint can be used as a very capable drawing program. And creating a CD in PowerPoint 2013 is indeed a cakewalk!
- 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 |
Tip: Why do we suggest you use the Blank slide layout? That's because we appreciate not having all the placeholders in my way when drawing something in PowerPoint -- of course you are not limited by this imagination -- yet a blank slide does look so similar to the canvas you see in a drawing program.
- Click the Home or Insert tab of the
Ribbon and, click 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
Donut shape (highlighted in red within Figure 1).
Figure 1: Donut shape within the Shapes drop-down gallery
- Place the cursor on your slide and click once to
insert a donut shape at the cursor
position as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Donut shape inserted on slide
resize the Donut so that it takes
the proportions of a CD that you can see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Resized donut shape
- Note that the donut shape has a yellow square lined to its inner perimeter -- select this yellow square and
drag inside so that your donut shape looks more like a CD (see Figure 4). Learn more in our
by Dragging Yellow Squares in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
Figure 4: Donut shape changed to CD shape
- Now, remove the outline from the shape – look at our
No Shape Outline in PowerPoint
2013 tutorial to learn how to remove the outline.
- To make the CD look real, you can
add a picture
fill to your shape. We chose a binary texture image that we sourced from Office Online --
you can see how the CD shape with the picture fill looks like in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Picture fill for your CD shape
- Your CD still looks flat though -- to add some dimension to it, you must add an
effect. Make sure your
CD graphic is selected. Then access the Drawing Tools Format tab of the
Ribbon. Click the
Shape Effects button to bring up a drop-down gallery that you see in Figure 6,
below. Within this drop-down gallery, choose the Bevel option and select the
Cross bevel style from the Bevel sub-gallery (highlighted in
red within Figure 6).
Figure 6: Bevel sub-gallery
Learn more about Bevel Effects in these tutorials:
Bevel Effects in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Bevel Effects in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Bevel Effects in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Bevel Effects in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
- Figure 7 shows the finished CD -- if you need to send this picture to someone for
non-PowerPoint use, you can right-click the CD and choose the Save as Picture option from
the resultant menu (highlighted in red within Figure 7).
Figure 7: Finished CD
- Save to a graphic image format such as PNG, GIF, or JPG. Make sure you save your presentation too -- it's easy to do that by using the Ctrl+S shortcut key.
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