Transparent PowerPoint Sphere Tutorial


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Discover an easy way to create Transparent Spheres. Follow our simple step by step instructions to create this useful graphic for your business presentations.

The transparent PowerPoint sphere you will learn to create today is:

transparent PowerPoint sphere

There are a number of interesting uses for this transparent sphere in your business presentations. We will discuss them towards the end of the article. Let us learn to create the sphere from scratch.

Step 1: Draw a circle

Use ‘Oval’ tool in auto shapes menu to draw a circle while holding the ‘Shift’ tab. Ensure that its width and height is “3 inches”. Fill the shape with the color of your choice and remove outline.

Base Circle Shape

Step 2: Convert the circle into sphere

Right click on the circle and go to ‘Format shape’. Under 3D Format – go to Bevel. Click on the ‘Top’ surface and choose the bevel preset called ‘Circle’. Choose the same preset for the ‘Bottom’ surface too.

The next step is to increase the width and height of the bevel to convert the circle into a sphere. The calculation to achieve that is – add 36 pts for each inch of the diameter. In our case, the diameter of the circle is 3 inches. So, we add 36 X 3 = 108 pts to width and height of both the surfaces as shown below:

Convert circle to sphere

Step 3: Make the sphere transparent

Issue wit reducing transparency

You can’t make the ball transparent by reducing the transparency of the fill. If you do so, the result will be a mess as shown here:
A better way is to alter the ‘Material’. For this, go to 3D format tab. Under ‘Surface’ option, click on ‘Material’ drop down menu. In the options provided – choose the preset called ‘Clear’:

Change Material for Sphere

Now, change the ‘Fill’ color to white, to get the final PowerPoint sphere:

PowerPoint Sphere final

Related: Transparent PowerPoint Cylinder tutorial

Applications of the transparent globe:

We wish to show you some applications of the useful graphic you learnt to create in this article. The examples are taken from our ‘PowerPoint Charts and Diagram Templates packs for CEOs’. The two CEO packs have more than 1600 premium charts, graphs, diagrams and graphics to help you visualize every business idea imaginable.
You can use transparent sphere to create interesting info graphic slides like the one below:

Editable Charts from PowerPoint CEO Pack

You can use the shape to create a beautiful timeline as shown below:

You can use the PowerPoint sphere as a design element to make your ‘usual’ bulleted slide look attractive:

More Templates from CEO Pack 1

You can use the graphic the way you want, depending on your creativity and imagination.

Professional quality graphics like the ones you saw in this article make your business slides look remarkable. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to create such high quality graphics from scratch.

That is why we came up with our ‘PowerPoint charts and diagrams packs for CEOs’. Using the templates from our CEO packs is surprisingly easy. Just choose the template that matches your concept. Replace the sample text with your own text and your business slides get ready in no time. Creating professional quality business slides has never been easier.

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

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