Join Toni Saddler-French for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with shapes and SmartArt, part of Using Office Shapes and SmartArt to Enhance Business Documents.
- In this course, we'll talk about shapes and SmartArt in Office programs. Shapes are basic items like squares or rectangles or arrows that you might use separately or you might combine them together for a scientific diagram. You can also use SmartArt, which are common types of diagrams that are used in business settings. We'll walk through inserting shapes, such as this L-shape or arrow. This will be using the Insert command and the Shapes button. As you can see there are various types of shapes that you can choose from. These are basic shapes that are easy to insert.
We'll also talk about altering shapes. For example, certain types of shapes, like arrows, come with yellow rectangles you can use to easily resize them, such as changing the point of an arrow. Not every shape has this type of feature, but it's a great feature to be able to alter. It's a great way to apply built-in changes to certain shapes. We'll also talk about resizing and grouping shapes, including resizing shapes proportionally so that a square remains a square as you make it larger. There are some tips and tricks that are good to know.
We'll also talk about grouping shapes. For example this is three separate shapes. We'll talk about grouping them together so that you can move them and apply other formatting in one fell swoop. We'll also talk about aligning and distributing shapes. For example, as you can see, the two sides of the ladder are not lined up and the rungs aren't lined up either. We'll show you how you can line them up so their edges are even. We'll also show you how you can distribute the shapes evenly with equal distance between them so this group of disparaged shapes looks like a ladder.
We'll also show how you can change the order of complex shapes. This is basically a collection of several shapes that looks like a group of olives. You can group these together or apply different features to them. I'll show you how you can move this black olive a little bit forward in the stack without bringing it all the way forward. I'll give you some tips and tricks for dealing with complex shapes that are stacked on top of each other. We'll also talk about shape outlines, such as basic outlines, dotted outlines, and a more complex or combination outline like a picture frame.
We'll also cover working with fills, such as a gradient fill, how to modify gradients on your own, how to apply texture fills. These are very easy built-in textures. Or how to apply a picture as a fill. I'll also show you how to work with text, add text to shapes. For example, this key-like shape, this keyboard key shape now looks like an Escape key because I added ESC to it. We'll also talk about working with SmartArt diagrams. These are a collection of shapes and text that are used in common business settings.
If you have a quick and easy diagram you need to put together, SmartArt is a great way to do that. We'll also talk about other types of SmartArt diagrams that you can use in slides or in Word or other types of documents. I hope you'll enjoy exploring the different aspects of working with Office shapes and SmartArt.
- Inserting and altering shapes
- Resizing and aligning shapes
- Saving and printing documents with shapes
- Adding fills, patterns, shadows, and other effects to shapes
- Inserting text in artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Working with SmartArt
- Animating SmartArt
- Converting SmartArt