3D PowerPoint Pyramid in 4 easy steps

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Learn to create 3D Pyramid in 4 easy steps. Follow our simple step by step instructions to create this useful diagram for your business presentations.

The 3D PowerPoint Pyramid you will learn is:

3D PowerPoint Pyramid

In this article, you will learn to create the diagram in a step by step way using basic 3D tools in PowerPoint. Once you learn the method, you can come up with your own creative variations for your business presentations. Let us learn the steps right away.

Step 1: Create a square

Go to ‘Auto shapes’ menu and pick the ‘Rectangle’ tool. Draw a perfect square while holding the ‘Shift’ tab.

Base Square

Step 2: Give it a 3D perspective

Right click on the square and go to ‘Format shape’. Go to 3D rotation and choose the preset called ‘Off axis 1 Top’. You will get the following result:

3D perspective for pyramid

Related: Create PowerPoint Cubes with squares

Step 3: Add bevel to the ‘Top’ surface

The next step is to go the ‘3D format’ option and choose the preset called ‘Angle’ for the top surface. The result will be as follows:

Add bevel to surface

Step 4: Add width and height to the bevel

The next step is to add width and height to the bevel. There is a simple calculation that makes it easy for you to add the right width to get the pyramid. The calculation is – for every inch of the length of the square you add 36 pts to the width. For example, the square we selected has a length of 2.5 inches. The number of pts we add to the width of the bevel would be 2.5 X 36 = 90 Pts.

Add Height and width to pyramid

Related: Tutorial for Circular Pyramid in PowerPoint

Your PowerPoint pyramid is ready. As you can see we now created a pyramid without using triangles. You can vary the height of the pyramid to suit your requirements.

You can also add squares of increasing size one below the other and play around with the width and height of the ‘top surface bevel’ to get step pyramid diagrams. Let us see some variations of the diagram taken from our PowerPoint Graphics CEO pack volume 2.

Vary the base shape:

Instead of having a square as a base you can have some other shape. For example, in the following diagram template we used ‘Document’ shape from ‘Flow chart’ option in auto shapes menu.

Marketing concepts from CEO Pack 2

Source: Marketing concepts from CEO Pack 2


Change the bevel surface

Instead of adding width and height to top surface, you can add height and width to bottom surface to create an inverted step pyramid. Here is an example:

Inverted Pyramid from PowerPoint CEO Pack 2

Remove the fill

Instead of having a filled square, you can have just the outlines to create a pyramid diagram template as follows:

Hierarchy Steps from PowerPoint CEO Pack 2

Source: Hierarchy Steps from PowerPoint CEO Pack 2


Vary the material

Under 3D format you can choose a different ‘Material’ option to create your PowerPoint pyramid. When you use ‘Soft edge’ option for your material you get the following result:

Unique PowerPoint Steps from CEO Pack 2

The number of options you can come up with is limited only by your creativity and imagination.

Professional quality graphics like the ones you saw in this article make your business slides look remarkable and your message memorable. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to create such high quality graphics from scratch.  Most business presenters don’t have the time to invest to create such high quality graphics themselves.

That is why we came up with CEO Pack2. The PowerPoint Graphics and Concepts CEO Pack 2 has more than 815 premium charts, graphics and diagrams to help you visualize every business idea imaginable. Just choose the template that matches your thought and replace the sample text with your own text. Your business slides get ready in no time. Creating professional quality business presentations has never been easier.

Why waste time creating your graphics and diagrams from scratch when you can invest the time in creating better content instead? Please browse through our diagrams collection and see how this CEO packs can change the way you create your business presentations forever.


If you found this article useful, you can find many more such tutorials in this website.

Related: PowerPoint Funnel Diagram tutorial

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