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Creating a custom shape

From: Office 2013 New Features

Video: Creating a custom shape

Inserting shapes into a slide in a PowerPoint presentation is nothing new but creating your own custom shapes by merging two or more shapes is, and that's what we're going to do right now as we continue working with our No Obstacles PowerPoint presentation. Next we're going to scroll down the navigation pane on the left and click Slide #5 to go there. If you jumped to this lesson and you need to get caught up, go ahead and open up No Obstacles PowerPoint 5 from your exercise files to see what I see. So we're going to add our own graphic here something that just shows the trend here in our graph.

Creating a custom shape

Inserting shapes into a slide in a PowerPoint presentation is nothing new but creating your own custom shapes by merging two or more shapes is, and that's what we're going to do right now as we continue working with our No Obstacles PowerPoint presentation. Next we're going to scroll down the navigation pane on the left and click Slide #5 to go there. If you jumped to this lesson and you need to get caught up, go ahead and open up No Obstacles PowerPoint 5 from your exercise files to see what I see. So we're going to add our own graphic here something that just shows the trend here in our graph.

So let's use this white space to create our own custom shape, we begin by inserting existing shapes. So the Home tab needs to be selected on the ribbon, over here in the drawing section is where you find all of your shapes, click the dropdown to see the full list, and let's begin with a simple Basic Shape, the Oval. When we click that we can now hold down our Shift key as we click and drag to create a perfect circle. So hold down shift on the keyboard, click and drag diagonally until you get a nice sized circle. Let go of your mouse button first and then the shift key to maintain that perfect shape.

That's just a basic shape, but we're going to create our own custom shape by combining it with another shape. So let's go to that drop down again, down to the Block Arrows and let's choose this one here as we hover over it, it says Stripped Right Arrow, give it a click. And now in this white space we'll click and drag across and down to create a nice fat arrow. And when we release we can now do things with this shape like rotate it. Let's rotate it so it's facing up and down, hold down your shift key if you want to see it snap into position and then let go of your mouse first again.

Now we're going to combine these two and we're going to click and drag our arrow over on top of our circle, and we see them lined up in the middle with that little guide line showing up, you'll know you're in the right spot and we want the stripped part of the arrow to fit inside the circle. So we'll let go there and now we have our two shapes, which we can merge together using different options. So with our arrow already selected, hold down your shift key and click the circle, so they're both selected. To create our custom shape, now all we have to do is go up to the Format tab here that appears whenever we select a shape like this under Drawing tools.

Clicking it displays on the left-hand side the Insert Shapes area including the new part which is Merge Shapes, click that dropdown to see the different options. And what I really like is we don't have to select each one this to see what's it going to look like, we get a live preview as we hover over them. For example, as we hover over Union, you can see what happens. They're joined together as one shape, and that's not bad, kind of cool, we can rotate it around, let's go down to Combine and see what happens. Now as we hover over Combine, you can see what's happening here, we actually see the stripes and spaces made, so there's a gap between the areas that are merged together and touching.

Move down to Fragment and we get the exact opposite. All of the shapes will be separated into their own shapes if we select Fragment, so you actually end up with not just one shape, but multiple shapes, we'll have our circle, we'll have our stripes, we'll have our arrows and then we can move those around together or separate them if we want. Let's go down to Intersect, in this case all we're going to get is a new shape based on the intersecting points of our two shapes, kind of a looks like burger. And then down at the end we have Subtract, this one's kind of cool, you could see that the second shape we selected is going to be used to subtract from the first shape, which was our arrow.

That's kind of interesting. I like that so let's give it a click. Now we're left with our Custom Shape and of course we can do all the normal things that we can do with any shape, like resize it, let's stretch it out a little bit and let's rotate it, there's the rotate handle if you wanted to. We could recolor it all of the formatting options available here on the format tab with a ribbon are available to us with our custom shape. I'm just going to squeeze it together a little bit and now let's just drag it down on top of our graph, so we can show the trend for our Ad Clicks as the Weeks go by, going in the right direction.

We'll just click off to the side here to deselect it and there's our finished product, using a brand new feature called Merge Shapes to create our own custom shapes from the existing shapes available to you here in PowerPoint 2013.

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Office 2013 New Features

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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 16m 49s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 57s
    2. Integrating with the cloud
      3m 42s
    3. Exploring Touch mode
      2m 53s
    4. Using the bookmark feature
      2m 18s
    5. Customizing the Ribbon with display options
      2m 59s
  3. 27m 44s
    1. Inserting online video
      4m 4s
    2. Editing PDF documents
      4m 58s
    3. Inserting and reading comments
      2m 55s
    4. Tracking changes and conversations
      2m 19s
    5. Using Read mode for longer documents
      4m 14s
    6. Using object zoom in Read mode
      1m 53s
    7. Exploring new templates in Word
      2m 47s
    8. Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides
      4m 34s
  4. 28m 25s
    1. Filling empty cells using Flash Fill
      3m 38s
    2. Filtering records using a Timeline
      3m 11s
    3. Previewing with Quick Analysis
      4m 34s
    4. Using Chart Advisor recommendations
      2m 43s
    5. Finding errors and issues with Power view
      6m 16s
    6. Converting roman numerals into arabic numbers
      2m 42s
    7. Protecting data in a shared spreadsheet
      5m 21s
  5. 33m 36s
    1. Working with new templates
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring the new Presenter view
      3m 45s
    3. Using color adjustments
      2m 59s
    4. Inserting new charts
      8m 37s
    5. Positioning objects with various guides
      2m 50s
    6. Exploring new transition effects
      2m 55s
    7. Creating a custom shape
      4m 31s
    8. Playing an audio track across multiple slides
      4m 30s
  6. 7m 2s
    1. Exploring changes to the user interface
      3m 23s
    2. Exploring the new Access templates
      3m 39s
  7. 8m 48s
    1. Inserting online pictures into a publication
      3m 10s
    2. Using the scratch area for inserting images
      3m 30s
    3. Creating JPEGs with the Save for Photo Printing option
      2m 8s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 30s
    2. Changing views
      4m 8s
    3. Embedding files in a notebook
      3m 31s
    4. Linking notes to your Outlook calendar
      3m 57s
    5. Inserting a screenshot
      2m 21s
  9. 8m 8s
    1. Exploring the user interface and some sneak peeks
      3m 35s
    2. Using the Weather bar
      1m 42s
    3. Connecting to social networks
      2m 51s
  10. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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