Make Open Shapes in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-open-shapes-1Would you like to use open shapes in your presentations? They look hand drawn, look interesting and could add spice to your PowerPoint presentations. However, they don’t come with PowerPoint, but with the use of Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature, you can make this possible. It is not that well-known a feature because it’s not on the ribbon but you can do everything using the right-click menu.

Ellen Finkelstein actually shared a video on how this can be done.

She also enumerated a step-by-step process on how to create open shapes.

Please head to this link and find out how: Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes


Burst and Star Graphics for Presentations

If you need to make graphics with impact for your blog posts, newsletters, training materials and other visual aids, you can do so by using one with burst or star shapes.

Making a burst image or star graphic is pretty easy. Ellen Finkelstein in her blog post, Create your own graphics with bursts and stars, gives you 11 easy steps to follow so you can format an image to look like this:


You will need PowerPoint to do this. Head there now and find out how you can make interesting graphics with bursts and stars.

Extreme Shapes in PowerPoint

I’ve blogged about How to Customize Objects for Presentations before. On this post, I’d like to share an object that has been customized to the extreme. It’s one of the winners of the Extreme Shapes Contest on Ellen Finkelstein’s Blog.

powerpoint-tips-extreme-shapes-contest-3The winner, Lori Weisberger, said:

“I have attached one slide from a presentation I did for a training class.  I made most of it…I think the meat, service bell, trash can, and store logo/signs are the only graphics I didn’t design using PowerPoint shapes.  I work for an independent grocery store chain in NW Ohio.  I mimicked the meat department in one of our stores.”

You can head over to the original post so you can take a look at other objects that have been customized to the extreme. You may find them useful for your PowerPoint presentations: Results of Extreme Shapes Contest