3. Creating Shapes and Lines

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Shapes and lines make your slides much more compelling to users. Here I show you how to create both and introduce a little object alignment.



- To add text to a shape, select the shape and just start typing
CLICK and DRAG on yellow marker: Alters one of the shape's dimensions
SHIFT + CLICK and Drag: Draw a perfect circle or square


SHIFT + CLICK and Drag: Draw horizontal and vertical lines
- Many shapes have red markers at their mid-points
- Connect a line to these markers to bisect a shape


Shapes and lines are very important in PowerPoint because they can make your slide look much more compelling to an audience. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create a range of lines and shapes in PowerPoint.

Let's get started by creating a new slide.

I'm gonna call it lines and shapes.

We remove the placeholder.

And the first thing we'll do is draw a straight line. So, we select line, and drag it across the page.

When we try and draw a horizontal line, we can see it's actually quite difficult to get it exactly horizontal. There's a simple solution to this, and that is simply to hold Shift, which will automatically straighten the line.

Let's now draw another line, and we'll draw it vertically. Again hold Shift, drag down on the mouse.

And it's very simple to draw a vertical line in this way.

Next, let's draw a rectangle. So, I'm going to select rectangle in the drawing part of the ribbon. Now, let's click and drag.

You can see that the rectangle is automatically formatted with the blue fill. What I'd like is either a white fill or no fill, which would make the rectangle see through. Let's go to the drop down arrow and click on no fill. And now we can see the lines behind our shape.

I'd like my lines to connect to the midpoints of the shape. To do this, let's select a line and simply drag the edge onto the midpoint of the shape.

Let's do this on the other side.

And now, we have a nice bisector of the rectangle. Let's also do it vertically. So click, and select the edge of the line, and drag it onto the red handle that exists at the midpoint of the rectangle side.

Let's do it one more time.

And we now have two bisectors of the rectangle. In the first quadrant, I'd like to draw a cloud. So, let's go into the draw part of the ribbon, click on the drop down arrow, and select cloud.

Now, just click and drag to create a cloud in this quadrant.

To enter some text in the cloud, just start typing.

And I'll increase the font by selecting the shape.

I'm making the font a lot bigger.

In the second quadrant, we'd like a lightning bolt for Usain Bolt. So, let's select lightning bolt in the drawing part of the ribbon, click and drag.

I'd like the lightning bolt to be yellow. So, with the shape selected, I'll go to shape fill and select yellow.

We'll also need to create a text box for the name Usain Bolt.

So, let's select this icon in the recently used shapes.

And start typing.

I'm also going to increase this font to 50.

And I'll narrow the text box, so that it fits within my rectangle.

In the next quadrant, I'm gonna create a speed limit sign.

To do this, I'll go back up to the drawing part of the ribbon, select the appropriate shape.

Click and drag.

As we're drawing a horizontal line, it can be hard to draw a perfect circle. But let's hold the shift button. And this makes it much easier.

We'd also need to adjust the width of the border and the line that goes through this shape. And to do this, we just click on the yellow diamond, which will help us adjust the width to what we want.

We'd also like to color this red. So, I go up to shape fill and click on red. I also like the border to be red as well. So, I go to shape outline and click red.

I'll now create the number behind this stop sign, so I'll find the text box icon.

Click, and we'll say the number to be 50.

I'll increase this font to 110.

And now, I'll need to put this number behind the stop sign, and also align these two objects. Let's hold Shift to select the other object. So now, we have both objects selected.

Now, let's select both objects and move them up a little.

I'm using the arrows to move these in small increments. You can do this to the left, to the right, up or down. And now, I'll select the number, and move it to the background.

In the last quadrant, we're gonna put a target sign. Let's start by drawing a horizontal line by selecting line, click, hold Shift, and drag.

We'll also create a vertical line. So, select line again, hold Shift and drag.

Make this a little longer.

Let's now select circle.

Hold Shift and drag, I'll select it again.

Create a bigger circle, and create one more, which would be our larger circle.

Now, I'd like all of my circles to have no fill. So, I'll select them by holding shift.

And then, I'll fill with no fill.

And I will simply align all of these objects to create our target sign.

Align center and align middle.

And there is our target sign.

We may need to adjust the radius of the middle circle slightly. So, we can just select, hold Shift and drag.

And now, we need to just realign all of the objects with the align middle and align center.

And there is our complete target sign.

Before we finish, we'd like to make sure that our large object is in the center of the page. To do this, let's just select, and we'll group.

We'll then go to View and click on Guides.

And we can see that we're slightly to the right of the middle of the page. Let's just use the arrows to make some incremental changes. There we go. And now, we're bang in the middle of the page. Although these shapes may not be of direct use in your presentations, they do show you how easy it is to create and manipulate shapes in PowerPoint. To recap on all the commands used in this lesson, be sure to check out the show notes underneath this video. You'll also be able to find my final version of this slide to compare against your own.

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