Create Beautiful Diverging 3D Arrows in PowerPoint

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Learn to create beautiful diverging 3D arrows. Follow our simple step by step instructions to create this useful graphic for your business presentations.

The graphic with 3D arrows in PowerPoint you’ll learn is:

3D arrows in PowerPoint

In this article, you will learn to create this useful graphic using the basic 3D tools in PowerPoint. We will also show you some variations of 3D arrows towards the end of the article. Let us learn to create the graphic from scratch….

Step 1: Customize the arrow shape

If you had observed closely, you’d realize that the arrows used in the graphic are not the usual block arrows available as part of the auto shapes options. They are created by customizing the PowerPoint shapes with Convert to Freeform option.  Let us see how to create the shape.

First, draw a regular ‘right arrow’ using the relevant tool from ‘Block arrows’ option. Go to ‘Format’ tab in PowerPoint ribbon. Under ‘Edit shapes’ menu – click on ‘convert to Free form’ option.  The shape is now fully editable.

Convert arrow shape to freeform Right click on the centre of arrow’s base as shown in the following illustration and select ‘Add point’ option:

Add Point to Arrow The next step is to delete the points on the two corners of arrow’s base to create our customized arrow:

Delete Corners of Arrow Base Right click on the line segments and convert them into ‘straight segments’ where appropriate.  The result will be as follows:

Straight Segment Arrow Related: Interesting Layer Diagram Tutorial in PowerPoint

Step 2: Create the 2D base

The next step is to make copies of the arrow shape and arrange the arrows facing different directions as shown below. Use different fill colors to the arrows to add visual interest to the diagram:

Different direction to arrows Select all the arrows and group them together.

Step 3: Give the arrows a 3D perspective

Right click on the group and follow these steps:

  1. ‘Format shape’ option.
  2. 3D rotation tab
  3. Select the preset called ‘Perspective relaxed’:

Give the arrows a 3D perspective  The result will be as follows:

Relaxed Perspective arrows Go to ‘3D format’ tab and add a depth of 10 pts to the group as shown here:

Depth to Arrows for 3D The next step is to add bevel to the top surface of the graphic. For this, go to ‘top’ surface and choose the bevel preset called ‘Cross’. To give the graphic a more realistic look, add shadow preset called ‘Offset centre’. The result will be as follows:

3D Bevel and Shadow to shape Finally, when you add some design elements like glossy ball and relevant text, you create an attractive diagram template as shown below:

Final 3D Arrow in PowerPoint

Variations of 3D arrows in PowerPoint:

We wish to show you some interesting variations of 3D arrows in PowerPoint taken from our PowerPoint Graphics and Concepts Templates pack for CEOs – Volume 2. The CEO pack Volume 2 has more than 815 premium charts, graphics and diagrams to help you visualize every business idea imaginable. Let us see some variations:

The following diagram template uses 3D curved arrows:

3D Curved Arrows from CEO Pack 2 In the following diagram template we used curved arrows in 2D to give the illusion of 3D graphic:

Multiple Outcomes CEO Pack 2

Source: Cause and Effect models from CEO Pack 2

Here are some variations of the curved arrows showing multiple outcomes:

Curved arrows showing multiple outcomes The following set of arrows have bevel applied on them:

Metallic 3D Beveled Arrows from CEO Pack 2

Source: Cause and Effect models from CEO Pack 2

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