How to create a hand-drawn arrow shape in PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint
  • 2016
Hand-drawn diagrams and flowcharts became popular lately, but you cannot use default PowerPoint shapes to create them. In this tip, you will see how to create a custom arrow shape with a freehand effect.
Hand-drawn arrow shape in PowerPoint 2016

To create a shape like the one above, do the following:

    1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the Shapes button:

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    In the Shapes drop-down list, in the Basic Shapes group, select Arc:

Arc shape in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    Place it and change the size as you prefer:

The main part of a hand-drawn arrow shape in PowerPoint 2016

    4.    Right-click on the new shape and choose Format Shape... from the popup menu.

    5.    In the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Line section choose Solid line and then:

  • Select your favorite Color,
  • Select Width as you prefer:
    Line color and width in Format Shape pane PowerPoint 2016
  • Select the End Arrow type. For example, Stealth arrow:
    End Arrow types in Format Shape pane PowerPoint 2016
  • Select the End Arrow size as you prefer. For example, the biggest one - Arrow R size 9:
    End Arrow size in Format Shape pane PowerPoint 2016

Add any other adjustments you like.

Note: You can add four arc lines to create a hand-drawn arrow. For example:

The second hand-drawn arrow shape in PowerPoint 2016

To see more smoothed lines, in the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Line section, choose Round in the Cap type drop-down list:

Cap type in Format Shape pane PowerPoint 2016

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