In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how and why you'd need to merge shapes, and group them for some great new modern clean-lined effects.
- [Instructor] I'm going to show you two fun tips that you can do with shapes to make your presentations really pop. The first one involves shapes, and what you can do when you just can't find the right shape. It's called merging shapes, and it involves combining them in all new ways. I'll change to the Insert ribbon tab, I'll choose Shapes, and I'll click the oval tool. I'll click once inside my presentation to make a circle, and I'll make it a little bit bigger so you can see it.
Now let's add another shape. We can actually do it right from here in this Format tab. It gives us a new Insert Shape dialog right here on the left, so I'll click the down arrow, and here's my complete shape list. I'll pick something like, a plus sign, and I'll drag it right in the middle and make it much bigger so that it fills up almost the center of the circle.
To merge these shapes, I first have to click and select the first shape like my circle, hold down the Shift key, and select the other shape. Still on the Format tab, I'll click Merge Shapes. Hovering your mouse over it will see what it does. Union will combine both shapes together. You can't really see what it's doing here.
Combine will give you an empty space where the shapes overlapped each other. It does depend on which shape you had selected first. Fragment combines the shapes, but it gives you two separate shape pieces to work with. Intersect will remove everything except where the two shapes intersect. Finally, subtract will remove one shape by what was overlapping onto the second shape. This is the one that I'll choose.
The reason that I chose the dark background was so you could really see what was going on. I can now change the color of the shape by going to Shape Fill and changing the color. And it's not going to interfere with the middle, with what's been cut out. It's just like taking cookie dough and using a cookie cutter. In fact, if I want to select the shape, it does me no good if I click here in the center because this isn't part of the shape.
I have to click what's left of the shape and now I can move it around or resize it or do anything I want to, and I didn't have to group anything together. So that's merging shapes. The other trick does involve grouping shapes, and this is a fun way to present a photo. You can group the shapes and set a photo as a background fill of those shapes. Let's start by inserting some shapes. On the Home ribbon tab, I'll click Shapes and I'll choose a parallelogram.
I'll make it a really big, chunky one, and I'll copy it and paste it. I'll slide them both around so that there's a little space in between them. Now I'll hold down the Shift key, select both shapes, right-click, and choose Group.
Now, we've already done grouping, so this is nothing new, but with them grouped, everything I do now is going to act on both of those shapes, so if I change to the Format ribbon tab and click Shape Fill, anything that I choose is going to act on both of them, but instead of just changing the color, which is nothing new, we can choose a picture. I'll choose to insert a picture from a file, I'll browse to my assets, and I'll find a nice picture which will look good against that dark background I chose.
I'll click Insert, and now, because I grouped those two shapes together, that one picture has spanned both shapes, leaving this nice gap in the middle that's modern and clean-lined. In fact, I can click Shape Outline and choose a nice light colored outline to really make this picture pop. But now, you have a nice fun new way to put a picture on your slide.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files