How to make great graphics with PowerPoint

How to make great graphics with PowerPoint


Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 has a new great feature called SmartArt Graphics that provides for easy creation of many types of graphics. Remember that older PowerPoint template files, ppt files, do not have SmartArt objects embedded. If you want to create stunning graphics, purchase PowerPoint templates that are compatible with SmartArt.

You can find such presentation templates from e.g., which is the biggest online store for PowerPoint templates in the world. Some of the template categories are e.g. Templates with Premium Images , Templates with Sports Themes, Neutral PowerPoint Templates and Dynamic PowerPoint Templates.


Apart from this you have the shapes option also to create graphics. To access SmartArt, go to the “Insert” tab and click on “SmartArt”. This will open a pop up where you can choose the type of graphic you want to create.

So, now that your ready let’s make a process diagram representing the steps to creating a PowerPoint Presentation.

Step 1: Select Graphic

Go to the “Insert” tab and click SmartArt

“Process Arrows” diagram (or any other diagram of your choice).

Process Arrows

Step 2: Add Content

To add content, click on the graphic to activate text mode and start adding your content.

Use the round graphic to enter main idea and the arrow graphic to add sub topics or descriptions.

If you need to add more point, click on the arrow on the left border of the graphic. A slide panel for editing text opens and you can add or edit content here.

Step 3: Customize Design

You can also change the color and style of the graphic. To do this, go to the “Design” tab; click “colors”

and choose the color of your choice, and to change the style, choose one from the SmartArt Style lists.

You can also change the color and style of the graphic.

If you want to more variation, you can edit individual shapes of the SmartArt separately.

Click the shape and go to the “Format” tab. You can change color, style of shape,

shape effects, and also edit the text style.

You can change color, style of shape, shape effects, and also edit the text style in the Some of SmartArt Graphics styles have image placeholders.

Click on it to get the Insert Picture dialog box. Locate a picture file you want to use and click Insert.


You can also create graphics in a different way.

1. In the text box of the slide, select the content you want to transform into graphics
2. Right click to get a menu option
3. From the menu option, choose “Convert to SmartArt”
4. Choose the SmartArt style you want to use

Your text will be converted to a SmartArt. Follow step 2 and step 3 to further edit and customize your graphics.

From the menu option, choose “Convert to SmartArt”

Keep experimenting with various designs, layouts, format options and other settings.

You’ll be able to start creating great graphics in no time.

Creating Animated Figures

Now, let’s explore some fun things that we can do with PowerPoint. Let’s try creating some animated figures using PowerPoint. You can use this to illustrate certain concepts or just for fun.

Project: Blinking Smiley

1. Go to the “Insert” tab. Click “Shapes” and choose the “oval” tool.
Draw an oval shape for the smiley face. Use a light color for this shape. Go to “Format” and use “Shape fill” to select a color.

2. Apply style and 3-D setting: Go to “Format” tab. Choose subtle style in orange from the “Shape Style” section.

3. To design the eyes, choose the “moon” shape from the selection of shapes. Use white color for the eyes. Use the oval shape for the eyeballs and color it black. Draw another pair of “moon” shapes for the eyelids and color it pink or orange.

4. For the mouth and teeth, use another set of “moon” shapes. Color the mouth in a darker tone. Select the mouth shape, go to “Format” tab, from the “Shape Effects” choose “Bevel” and use the “Riblet” option. This will give the shape the effect of having lips. For the other “moon” shape, color it white and thin it down to a portion of the upper section of the mouth. Once you have the smiley created, add in custom animation to give it the effect of blinking. To do this, group
the two shapes for the eyelids.

1. Go to the “Animations” tab and choose “Custom Animation”

2. Select the eyelid. the “Appear” animation. For the start option, choose “Start with Previous” to stat the animation on loading the slide or chose “On Click” to start the animations. with “Start with previous” timing selection.

4. Right click on the animation menu item and select “Show Advanced Timeline”.

Click on the arrow icon in the timeline and drag along it to change the start time for the animation.

Position the second animation (Disappear) after the end point of the first animation.

Modify selected effects smileys

Since the repeat animation cannot be activated for “Appear” or “Disappear” animations, we’ll need to repeat the individual animations a couple of times.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 a couple of times. Repeat as many times as you want the smiley to blink.

6. Preview the animation and make changes as necessary.

This is a simple animation that can be done easily. PowerPoint has a lot of features you can take advantage of.

You can create stunning animation and presentation and even create some games with it.

Have fun practicing and experimenting.