How to draw a chart with chalk effect in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016
During the presentation, you need to attract and retain audience attention. Slides that look like a blackboard with charts and diagrams drawn with chalk can help to keep wandering eyes on your presentation.
Chart with chalk effect in PowerPoint 2016
Chart with chalk effect 2 in PowerPoint 2016

The main point of this tip is to show two different approaches for creating a chalk effect:

  I  - The columns of the first data series are filled by pictures with a chalk effect.

  II  - The second data series is inserted to the chart as a picture and also uses a chalk effect.

See also How to create a flowchart with chalk drawing effect and How to draw a pie chart with crayon effect in PowerPoint.

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

I. Create charts

    1.    For example, create a simple combination chart (see How to create a combination chart):

Combination chart in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    Copy this chart to separate the data series.

Sure, it is possible to create two different charts, but to show them on the same chart area, it is easier to create one chart and just show the first or the second data series.

We recommend duplicate slides, it will be easier to copy the second data series to the first one after making the corresponding changes.

II. Modify the first data series

    1.    Select the second data series, right-click on it and Format Data Series... in the popup menu:

Format data series in popup menu PowerPoint 2016

    2.    In the Format Data Series pane, on the on the Fill & Line tab, in the Line section, choose No line:

No line in the Format Data Series pane PowerPoint 2016

    3.    Add the new shape in the presentation:

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    3.2.    In the Shapes drop-down list, in the Rectangles group, select Rectangle:

Rectangle shape in PowerPoint 2016

    4.    Select the new shape and create a picture from it:

    4.1.    On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Cut button (or press Ctrl+X):

Cut in PowerPoint 2016

    4.2.    On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Paste drop-down list and choose Picture:

Paste picture in PowerPoint 2016

    5.    Make a crayon effect:

    5.1.    Select the picture.

    5.2.    Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click the Artistic Effects button:

Artistic Effects in PowerPoint 2016

Select the effect you like from the Artistic Effects drop-down list.

In this example is used the Pencil Grayscale effect:

Pencil Grayscale effect in PowerPoint 2016

    5.3.    Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click the Color button:

Color in PowerPoint 2016

Select the color you like from the Color drop-down list, under Recolor:

Recolor in PowerPoint 2016

    6.    Add a crayon effect to the column chart:

    6.1.    Select the picture with colored crayon effect.

For example:

Shape with colored crayon effect in PowerPoint 2016

    6.2.    Copy the selected picture to the clipboard: on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Copy button or press Ctrl+C.

    6.3.    Select the first column in the chart by double-clicking on it.

    6.4.    Right-click in the selection and choose Format Data Point... in the popup menu:

Format Data Point in popup menu PowerPoint 2016

    6.5.    In the Format Data Point pane, on the Fill & Line tab:

  • In the Fill section, choose the Picture or texture fill option and then click on the Clipboard button:
    Picture or texture fill in PowerPoint 2016
  • In the Border section, choose No line.

The first data point is ready:

The first data point in PowerPoint 2016

    7.    Repeat step 5.3. to recolor the picture and steps 6 for all other data points of the first data series:

All data points in PowerPoint 2016

Add any other adjustments you like.

For example, change the font for axes.

III. Modify the second data series

    1.    Select the second data series, right-click on it and Format Data Series... in the popup menu.

    2.    In the Format Data Series pane, on the Fill & Line tab:

  • In the Fill section, choose No fill.
  • In the Border section, choose No line:
No fill and no line in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    Select the chart with just one visible data series and create a picture from it:

    3.1.    On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Cut button (or press Ctrl+X).

    3.2.    On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Paste drop-down list and choose Picture:

The second data series as picture in PowerPoint 2016

    4.    Make a crayon effect:

    4.1.    Select the picture.

    4.2.    Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group:

  • Select the effect from the Artistic Effects drop-down list.
  • Select the color from the Color drop-down list, under Recolor:
The second data series in PowerPoint 2016

    5.    Crop the picture to see just a line-arrow and place it to the first chart.

Note: You can customize the background color to mimic a blackboard. See How to create a flowchart with chalk drawing effect.

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