Drawing Trees in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to use default shapes in PowerPoint 2013 to draw a quick tree.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Although most people think of PowerPoint as a slide program, it's also a great drawing program that can in many ways be more easier to use than full-fledged illustration programs. Agreed, PowerPoint is not that full featured as far as drawing goes, but sometimes quick and easy is all you need! In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a tree with just two simple shapes in PowerPoint 2013:
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 |
- Select the Insert tab (or Home tab) of the
Ribbon and click the Shapes
button. This opens the Shapes drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 1.
Within Shapes drop-down gallery, select the Rectangle shape (highlighted in
red within Figure 1).
Figure 1: Rectangle shape selected within Shapes drop-down gallery
- Place the cursor on your slide and click once to
insert a Rectangle. Now, resize it into a vertical rectangle which
looks fairly like the trunk of a tree (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Rectangle shape resized to match the trunk of a tree
- Now, open the Shapes drop-down gallery once again and select the Cloud shape
as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Cloud shape selected within Shapes drop-down gallery
- Place the cursor on the top of the tree trunk you just created, and click once to place a cloud shape -- you'll
notice that the cloud looks like the top part of a tree!
Resize it so that the resulting drawing
looks like a tree, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: A rectangle and a cloud is all you need to draw a tree
- Now, change the
fill color of the
trunk to brown and that of the top-of-the-tree to green, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Fill colors of the shapes changed to match a tree
- After changing the fill colors,
group both the shapes. Now you can
remove outline from both the
shapes in the group. Your tree drawing is now ready, as you can see in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Tree drawing is ready after removing outlines
- Save your presentation often.
Figure 7: Conifer tree drawn using rectangle and triangle shapes
Sample PowerPoint Presentation
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