PowerPoint SmartArt is far smarter than you imagine. Discover 5 lesser known features of the tool that can surprise your audience.
Most of us don’t fully leverage the power of this in-built tool in PowerPoint. We tend to be content with the default options available. If we dig a little deeper, we can discover some invaluable features that can enhance the look and feel of our diagrams to a whole new level.
Let’s take one ‘usual’ diagram and explore the difference created by the less known features.
1: Use the power of ‘Change Shape’ option
Smart Art provides you the option to right click on any shape and ‘Change shape’. Here is an example of how the option makes a diagram relevant to your idea:
In the above case, the idea we wanted to convey was – ‘Four factors surrounding the issue contribute to the issue’.
The default diagram on the left wasn’t able to convey the idea clearly. So, we changed the shapes of the four circles on the rim to ‘Arrow callouts’. We changed the circle in the middle to a rounded rectangle to fit more text (to describe the issue better). Voila! We got a diagram that conveys our idea beautifully.
Use ‘Change shape’ option for your diagrams. You’ll find a better way to communicate your ideas effectively.
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2: Add bevel to improve the look and feel of your diagrams
Most presenters are not aware that they can significantly improve the look and feel of their diagrams by adding different types of bevels to the shapes.
Take a look at the difference the option makes to the same template:
The diagram on the right looks far more elegant than the one on the left. Experiment with bevel option for your diagrams and surprise yourself.
3: Use full range of 3D format and 3D rotation options:
The diagram on the left is the default option. The one on the right is created by playing around with the 3D formatting options. It is almost impossible to believe that such stunning results can be achieved by experimenting with the various features available with the tool.