In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to insert basic shapes, such as circles, and layer them to maximize impact and readability over photos.
- [Instructor] I'm going to show you how adding shapes can make your text much more dramatic and impactful. This is great when the whole point of a presentation is to get your message across. Let's create a new blank slide at the end. I'll click to the end, and then click New Slide. I'll start by putting in an image. I'll change to the Insert ribbon tab, choose Pictures, and browse to find one.
I'll insert it. I'll close out of the Designer. And I can drag this image so that it's on the first half of the slide. This leaves me with a nice blank area on the right. Let's add a shape to this, and I'll put some text in between it. I could change to the Insert ribbon tab and choose Shapes, but on the Home ribbon tab, to make it easy to access, I have another Shapes tool here.
I'll click inside my shapes, and I want to make a circle. Now, this one looks like an oval, and it's titled Oval. You can get an oval by clicking and dragging with the mouse and letting go of the shape. I'm going to hit the Delete key for now because there's one feature here that's unique to the oval shape. I'll choose Shapes again, choose Oval. And now, instead of clicking and dragging, I'm going to click once in the slide. It makes a perfect circle.
So if you're looking for the circle shape, you need to select the oval, and then just click the slide. What I'll do now is resize it, and it works the same way it did with an image. I'll hold the Shift key down to preserve the aspect ratio and click and drag on the corner to make it much bigger. I can click and drag to move it around on the slide. And let's change the color.
I'll change to the Format tab. Because the shape is still selected, that tab appears. And now I can change the Shape Fill. I'll choose a nice gray. And I'll get rid of the blue by clicking Shape Outline, and I'll chose another color. Now, we have a nice circle, but it's not that eye-catching. I think it would be better surrounding another darker circle in the middle, so I'll click the Shape tool again by going back to the Home ribbon tab and clicking Shapes.
I'll click the oval again, and click right inside this one. I'll hold down the Shift key, resize it, and get one that's slightly smaller. I'll change back to the Format tab with my new circle selected, and I'll go back to Shape Fill and I'll make it much darker. I'll choose a darker gray and I'll do the same with the outline.
I'm in a great spot, now, to start adding some text to this. You can add text, by default, to any shape. All I have to do is double-click inside the circle. Once the blinking cursor appears, I can just start typing my text. I can highlight this text and format it just like any other text. I can change the font. I can make it smaller, or bigger, or do nothing at all to it.
Now I have a nice quote. You can read this text clearly. It's impactful, but watch how the whole feel of this slide changes when I take away this image and add one that fills up the entire slide. I'll select this image and hit the Delete key. Now I'll change to the Design ribbon tab and I'll click Format Background, and we'll add an image to the background. I'll change to a picture or texture fill and I'll click to insert a picture from a file.
I'll choose a larger picture and click Insert. Now when I close out of this and we see the entire slide, it's making a much bigger statement.
- 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