How to create blots for numbering

  • PowerPoint
  • 2016
When you create your own presentation, in some situations it should be funny or have some interesting visual accents. You can use different colors, backgrounds or pictures, etc., but you are still limited by standard elements. This tip shows how to use PowerPoint to create interesting visual objects for your presentation.

See also how to create spot shapes for numbering or how to use 3D cubes for numbering.

Blots for numbering in PowerPoint 2016

To create blot shapes, do the following:

    1.    Create blots:

    1.1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, select SmartArt:

SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016

    1.2.    In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box, on the Process tab, and then select Random to Result Process:

Process SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016

The new SmartArt graphic will be added to your slide:

New SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016

For our new blot shape we will need just circles.

    1.3.    Select just added SmartArt graphic and then under SmartArt Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click on the Group dropdown list and select Ungroup:

Ungroup shapes in PowerPoint 2016

After this operation, it is not a SmartArt graphic anymore.

    1.4.    Select the object and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click on the Group dropdown list and select Ungroup. It ungroups all shapes:

Ungrouped shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    1.5.    Remove all shapes that don’t need for this task and group circles into two different groups:

Regrouped shapes in PowerPoint 2016

Note: To group objects, just select them and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click on the Group dropdown list and select Group.

Note: See How to select and format object in the slide with a big number of objects for more easier selections.

    2.    Create the main blot:

    2.1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, select Shapes:

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    2.2.    In the Shapes list, from the Callouts group, choose the Thought Bubble: Cloud shape:

Callouts shapes in PowerPoint 2016

Now you have three different shapes in your slide (one shape and two groups of shapes):

Added Cloud shape in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    Format these shapes by:

    3.1.    Changing the connector size and position using the yellow point for the Cloud shape:

Cloud shape in PowerPoint 2016

    3.2.    Rotating shapes by using the rotation handle in the top of the selecting border:

Rotate sign of shape in PowerPoint 2016

New blots will look like you want:

Rotated shapes 1 in PowerPoint 2016    or    Rotated shapes 2 in PowerPoint 2016    or    Rotated shapes 3 in PowerPoint 2016

Note: After rotation and positioning the objects, it is recommended to group them by selecting them and clicking Group (under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, on the Group dropdown list):

Grouped shapes 1 in PowerPoint 2016    or    Grouped shapes 2 in PowerPoint 2016    or    Grouped shapes 3 in PowerPoint 2016

    3.3.    Changing the fill and line color:

    3.3.1.    Right-click on the object and choose Format Shape… in the popup menu:

Format shape in popup in PowerPoint 2016

    3.3.2.    On the Format Shape pane, choose the Shape Options tab, on the Fill & Line group:

  • in the Fill section, select Solid fill or even Gradient fill and then customize colors according to your preferences:
    Fill in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 2016
  • in the Line group, select No fill:
    Line in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 2016

After all these changes, the shapes will look like:

Shape 1 in PowerPoint 2016    or    Shape 2 in PowerPoint 2016    or    Shape 3 in PowerPoint 2016

    4.    To add text to the shapes just double-click on the shape and enter text.

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