Sassy Shapes

Let's say we were doing a presentation for the man who claims aliens stole his pet goldfish and replaced it with a potato that resembles Jessica Simpson. Maybe he's presenting his case to the police. How would graphics add to that presentation?

We'll start with adding shapes. I have many shapes to choose from, but let's use stars. That's where those aliens probably came from, you know?

Sure, Power. Run with it...

Adding a shape
PowerPoint lets you add a variety of shapes to the slides of your presentation.

Try adding a star shape to your slide, using the Shapes tool in the Illustrations Group in the Insert tab.

    1. Click the Shapes button, point to Stars and Banners, and then click the 5-point star shape. The pointer will change into a cross.

Selecting a shape

    2. Click anywhere on the slide. A star of predefined size will be inserted.

Selecting a shape

    3. To make the shape larger (or smaller), drag a resizing handle. To resize the shape proportionally, hold down the SHIFT key as you drag.

I'm lovin' the star shape. But what if I need to move my shape somewhere else on the slide, to make room for a new text box?

Moving a shape
Let's try moving the star to another part of the slide.

    1. Place the pointer on the star. The pointer turns into a four-headed arrow.

Four-headed arrow

    2. Click and hold down the mouse button, then drag the star to the new location.

    3. When the star is positioned where you want it, release the mouse button.

I can read Sue's face. I know she wants to jazz up that star. Is there a way to add colors and textures to the shape?

Adding color and texture to a shape
First, try adding the color yellow to the star.

    1. Click the star shape to select it.

    2. Click the arrow beside the Fill Color button (found in the Drawing Group in the Home tab, or in the Shape Styles Group in the Format tab, or in the Formatting Menu when do a right-click), and then click More Fill Colors. A Colors dialog box appears.

Fill Colors dialog

    3. Click the Standard tab, then under Colors, click a shade of yellow.

Lots of Colors to choose from

    4. Click OK to close the Colors dialog box.

Yellow star with default outline

    5. Shapes also have an outline by default. Change its color by following the same steps above, but you use the Shape Outline tool instead of the Shape Fill tool. The Shape Outline tool is located directly below the Shape Fill tool. Alternatively, you can pick No Outline in the Shape Outline drop-down menu options to remove the outline.

Yellow star with yellow outline

Next, try adding some texture to the shape.

    1. Click the star to select it.

    2. Click the arrow beside the Fill Color button, then select Texture. The Texture tab appears.

    3. Click on a texture you like. The texture is applied.

Textures to choose from

Funky star

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