Sunday, December 1, 2013

Draw Creative 3D Circle In Powerpoint

Find a simple 5 step process to draw creative 3D circle diagram in PowerPoint. Discover the amazing power of 3D tools in PowerPoint 2007.

Here is the circle diagram we will learn today:

Circle in PowerPoint
There are tons of uses for this diagram. You can use it to represent Pros and Cons of an issue, two sides of an argument or two contrasting views.
Let us learn to draw this stunning circle in simple steps.
Step 1: Drawing the circle
Go to Auto shapes option and select ‘Block Arc’ tool.
 Block Arc PowerPoint Tutorial
Hold the shift button while drawing the shape. You will get a perfect semi circular block like this:
Simple Block Arc Diagram
 Fill the color of your choice and remove the outline. Now copy the shape and place it right on top of the original shape. Go to Arrange -> Rotate - > Flip Vertical. You should get a circle with two equal halves like this:
Block Arc Circle 
Choose a color to fill the bottom half of the circle. Group the two halves.
Step 2: Adding 3D perspective to the circle
Right click on the group and go to Format shape - > 3D rotation - > Presets -> choose ‘Perspective relaxed’ as shown below:
3d rotation option in PowerPoint
This should give a 3D perspective to our circle as seen here:
relaxed perspective circle 
Step 3: Adding a bevel to enhance the look
Now, it is time to take the look and feel of our circle to a whole new level. We will give it a bevel top by right clicking on the circle -> Format shape -> 3D format -> Top -> Cross bevel.
Adding bevel in PowerPoint
That should make the circle in PowerPoint look like this:
3d Circle with Bevel in PowerPoint
Step 4: Adding depth to the shape
The next step is to add depth to our circle. Right click on the circle -> Format -> 3D format -> Depth -> Enter a value of 25 as shown here:
Setting Depth for Shape 
This is how the circle looks when you follow the step:
 Simple Creative circle in PowerPoint
The circle diagram looks remarkable already. But, our final step will make it shine and glow even further.
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Step 5: Make the PowerPoint circle shine and glow
First add sheen on the surface by adjusting the surface property. Right click on the circle -> Format shape -> 3D format -> Surface -> Material -> Special effect -> Dark edge as shown below:
Material Setting for PowerPoint Shape
Add a PowerPoint shadow to give it a base. Choose the shadow option in the same menu and choose Presets -> Outer -> Offset Diagonal Bottom Right. Enter the following values for size and blur. This gives the 3D circle in PowerPoint a more realistic feel:
 Formatting PowerPoint Shape Shadow
There we go. Our final product is ready. If you had followed all the steps, your awesome circle should look like this:
 Circle in PowerPoint Tutorial

Variations to circle diagram in PowerPoint:

There are some useful variations to this diagram. Take a look at some of the options below to serve as an inspiration:
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  1. Thank you for the post. I have never used creative 3D circle in powerpoint. I usually use collection of PowerPoint Diagram Templates for my presentations. But last time I've exactly needed something like 3D Circle.