Learn to create new and dramatic diagrams by changing shapes of default graphics. Discover the hidden capability of SmartArt to enhance your presentations.
The New Smart Art graphic you’ll learn is:
We created the graphic by altering ‘Continuous Block Process’ graphic in-built in your PowerPoint. Let us learn to create the graphic in a step by step way. You’ll learn a number of hidden capabilities in the process of creating this new graphic.
Step 1: Insert In-Built Graphic
Go to Insert tab in PowerPoint Ribbon and select SmartArt tool. In ‘Choose a SmartArt Graphic pane’ go to Process -> Continuous Block Process.
When you enter relevant text in the graphic, you’ll get the following result:
We will try to change this graphic to suit our specific need.
Step 2: Apply Change Shape Option
Click on the arrow shape at the background. Go to ‘Format’ tab in PowerPoint ribbon. Select ‘Change Shapes’ drop down menu and choose ‘Oval’. You will get the following result:
Go to the Shape Outline Option and do all of the following:
- Make ‘Shape Fill’ color as ‘No Fill’.
- Select Red color for ‘Shape outline’.
- Increase the weight of the line and
- Add a ‘Dash pattern’
Select each of the rounded rectangles and change shape as shown here
The shapes used are – ‘Left arrow callout’, ‘Right arrow callout’ and ‘Frame’ under Basic Shapes option.
Step 3: Apply Colors and Formatting
Select each of the shapes, go to Format > Shape Styles and apply the quick style of your choice.
Now you get the following dramatic makeover result:
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More Dramatic Makeover Ideas
When you are clear about the graphic you want to create, you can alter any Smart Art graphic that seems close enough to your planned graphic. For example, you can create the same graphic we discussed in the article using ‘Radial cycle’ graphic as follows:
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The following diagram template was created by changing shapes in ‘Basic Matrix’ graphic:
The diagram template below can be created by altering ‘Cycle Matrix’ graphic:
The following template was created by altering ‘Stacked Venn’ graphic:
You can find some graphics in Smartart style and far more options here
Thus you can create your own variations by playing around with various auto shapes.
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