Discover a simple way to create web style PowerPoint text boxes. Follow our step by step instructions to create these useful graphics for your business presentations.
Here is the text box you’ll learn to create:
The blue and red ‘clip on’ tabs add style to otherwise boring text box design. In this article you’ll learn to create those clips from scratch. Once you understand the basic design you can come up with your own variations. We will show you some examples of web style text boxes after the tutorial.
Step 1: Draw the visible part of the clip
The clip on the text box is made of two layers. The top layer is the visible part. In our example it is the portion that looks like a red arrow. You can draw the shape using ‘Pentagon’ tool in ‘Block Arrows’ option. Fill the shape with the color of your choice and remove outline:
Step 2: Draw the layer at the back
The next step is to draw the layer at the back of the clip. For this, go to ‘Basic shapes’ in auto shapes menu and select the ‘Trapezoid’ tool. Once you draw the trapezium on your slide, go to Arrange -> Rotate -> Flip vertically.
Give the trapezium a darker shade compared to the visible part of the clip and remove outline. Place this under the top layer. Right click on the shape and use ‘send to back’ option.
Step 3: Place a rounded rectangle in between the layers
The last step is to place a rounded rectangle in between the two layers of the clip.
Place the rounded rectangle above the two shapes you just created. Right click on the rectangle and click on ‘Send backward’ option till you get the rectangle between the two layers of the clip. When you apply quick style to the rectangle you will get the following result:
You can add more clips if you like and add relevant text to complete the graphic as shown below:
Variations of the graphic:
We wish to show you some interesting variations of the web style textboxes in PowerPoint taken from our ‘ Charts and Diagram CEO Pack’.
In the following diagram template we added clips to the top edge of the text boxes:
Source: Timeline templates from CEO Pack
In the following template, the clips look like ribbons wrapped around text boxes:
Take a look at the following ‘Thank you’ slide where we used the technique discussed in this article:
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