Creative PowerPoint Ideas Using Freeform Tool

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Here are some creative ideas using PowerPoint Chevron and the Freeform tool. Learn to create a whole new range of Chevron shapes using this rarely used feature of PowerPoint.

Context of this PowerPoint Idea:

Most of the auto shapes in PowerPoint are overused. So, the diagrams you create with these auto shapes tend to look cliched and boring. You can give your diagrams a fresh new look by converting them into free form and editing the points. The process is surprisingly simple and the results are usually astounding.

In this article, we will show you the kind of variations you can create from a simple chevron shape using the free form function in PowerPoint. The chevron we will use for alteration is:
Chevron Shape
First, move the yellow handle along the top edge of the shape to the right, to widen the angle at the front.
Diamond Handles Chevron Shape
Let us play with this PowerPoint shape and see what we can come up with…

Convert the shape to Freeform:

Select the chevron -> Go to Format -> Select ‘Convert to Freeform’ option.

Convert to Freeform Option

Right click on the shape and select edit points.

Delete Points Chevron Idea

Right click on the points indicated above (one after another) and choose ‘Delete Point’ option. You will get the following result:

PowerPoint Idea Tutorial

This ‘sharp arrow shape’ is different and more interesting than the usual chevron shape from the auto shapes menu.

You can modify this shape even further. Right click on the point shown below and select ‘Smooth Point’ option.

Smooth Point Option

The result will be this stylish curved arrow:

Change Shape PowerPoint Chevron

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Let us create another variation of PowerPoint Chevron:

Right click on the original free form chevron shape and choose ‘Edit points’ option. Right click on the point indicated below and choose ‘Smooth Point’ option.

Chevron Freeform Variation

The result will be this curved shape:

Chevron Before and After

This designer chevron is visually more interesting than the usual chevron. By now, if you are wondering about the usefulness of these new shapes, here is our answer…

Example template using the unique shapes we created:

Let me show you a diagram template created using all the above variations of chevron.

Interesting PowerPoint Chevron

Here is another simple 5 step process represented with the modified Chevron Shape:

Process with Chevron

Can you visualize the amazed look in the eyes of your audience?

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If you can do so much with just one shape, imagine what you can create using the remaining shapes in your auto shapes menu.

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Conclusion about PowerPoint Ideas:

There are many more tutorials in Presentation Process website. Don’t forget to go through more of them to get ideas to create engaging presentations.

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