Easy Way To Create 3D Cone in PowerPoint

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

The 3D PowerPoint Cone you will learn is:

3D PowerPoint Cone

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.

Video : 2 Different Easy Ways to Create 3D Cone Diagram

You can also find the step by step tutorial to create this Cone Diagram in any Powerpoint version below:

Step 1: Create a circle

Go to ‘Auto shapes’ menu and pick the ‘Oval’ tool. Draw a perfect circle while holding the ‘Shift’ tab and then remove the outline.

Base Circle

Step 2: Give it a 3D perspective

Right click on the circle 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 Cone

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:

Angle Bevel to Top Surface for Cone

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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 cone. The calculation is – for every inch of the diameter of the circle you add 36 pts to the width. For example, the circle we selected has a diameter of 2.5 inches. The number of pts we add to the width of the bevel would be 2.5 X 36 = 90 Pts.

Adding Width and Height to Cone

 Your cone is ready. You can vary the height of the cone to suit your requirements. You can also change the material and lighting to create different styles of cones.

You can make copies of the circle with varying sizes and play around with the width and height of the top surface of the circles to create step cones of multiple layers.It is possible to make a 3D Pyramid with a similar process. See the tutorial here >>

Variations to Cone Diagram

Let us see some variations of the diagram taken from our PowerPoint Graphics and Concepts CEO pack volume 2.

Change the width and height of bottom surface

You can create a funnel diagram by changing the height and width of the bevel of bottom surface than the width and height of top surface.

Source: Marketing concepts section of 2 CEO Packs Bundle

3D Cone Variation from CEO pack 2

You can change the ‘Material’ option

You can change the ‘Material’ option under 3D format to create semi transparent funnel as shown below. The material option we used in the case shown below is – ‘Clear’

3D Sales Funnel from CEO Pack 2

Change the bevel type

Instead of using just the ‘Angle’ bevel you can play with different bevel types. Here is an example of the idea:

Cone with Creative Bevel from CEO Pack 2

Combine it with other shapes

You can combine the diagram with other shapes like arrows to create interesting effects. Take a look at the following diagram template:

Source: Marketing concepts section of CEO Pack:Volume 2

The transparent ‘material’ used for the cone makes the arrow shape seem like it is jutting out of the cone.

About these Diagrams

While it may be easy to create simple diagrams using the techniques taught in the tutorials, it is quite challenging to create professional quality graphics from scratch. Not all business presenters have the time to create such high quality graphics for themselves.


That is why we came up with our PowerPoint 2 CEO Pack Bundle. The pack has 1500+ unique and different templates that you can edit and customize to your requirement.  Creating professional quality business presentations has never been easier. Browse and evaluate the pack yourself here.

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