Apply 3D to SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint

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Discover 3 ways to apply 3D to SmartArt Layouts’ in PowerPoint. Add visual interest to your graphics and make your business presentations remarkable.

Why apply 3D to SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint?

Most SmartArt graphics these days have become clichéd due to overuse. When you use the same old graphics in your presentation, you run the risk of losing your audience out of sheer boredom. So, you need a way to add visual interest to your graphics. In this article, you will learn three simple ways to add 3D to your SmartArt graphics and make your business slides stand out.

Idea 1: Add a floor and reflection

A quick way to make a 2D object appear as 3D is by adding reflection to the object. For the reflection to appear realistic, you need a floor on which the object rests. So, when you add reflection to your 2D SmartArt graphic and place it on a floor – your graphic gets a 3D perspective.

Take a look at the following graphic template:

Smartart Graphic with Floor. The illusion of 3D is further enhanced by adding a couple of silhouettes next to the graphic. You can see how to create your own silhouette here and how to add more professional floors for graphics here >>

Idea 2: Add a 3D perspective

Let us take 2D graphic to convert into 3D:

 Right click on the graphic and go to Format shape. Go to 3D rotation -> Perspective -> Perspective Relaxed.

You get a 3D version of your graphic when you add some depth. Here is the 2D graphic converted to 3D:

3D version of your graphic Related: More Features of SmartArt you never knew

Idea 3: Add 3D effect to key parts of the graphic

Take a look at the following 2D SmartArt graphic of radial list relationship:

SmartArt graphic of radial list relationship You can choose to convert the circle into a sphere to give the graphic a 3D feel. Here is the result of the conversion:

 You can find the tutorial to create a 3D Radial diagram using Smartart here >>

Of course, we added a shadow to the sphere and placed it on a floor to enhance the 3D appeal.

Thus, by applying simple effects, you can convert 2D SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint into 3D.

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