How to create paintbrush effects in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016
The Brush effect adds an artistic look to your presentation. Still, if you want to add pictures to your presentation with a brush effect, you end up downloading proposed templates for Microsoft PowerPoint. Do you want to create your own effects? If your answer is “yes”, please follow easy and fast steps to create different brush effects in your slide.
Brush effects in PowerPoint 365     Brush effects 2 in PowerPoint 365

To create a picture like the one above, you need to do two simple steps:

   I.   Create a shape with the brush effect. You will need first to download any of the following free fonts (a lot of thanks to the creators!):

   II.   Crop the picture to the shape.

To create a shape with the brush effect, do the following:

   1.   Add any shape to the slide, for example, a rectangle:

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 365

   1.2.   In the Shapes list, from the Rectangles group, select and add to the slide the Rectangle shape:

Rectangle shapes in PowerPoint 365

   2.   Add the letter from the font you have chosen in front of the shape, for example:

Letter on the shape in PowerPoint 365

   3.   Select the shape and the letter and then on the Shape Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, choose the Merge Shapes dropdown list and then select Intersect:

Intersect shapes in PowerPoint 365

You will see a new shape from the letter (see How to make modern picture design in PowerPoint slide):

Shape Letter in PowerPoint 365

Note: If you want to use just a part of the letter, you need to insert a smaller rectangle.

Shape of top part of the Letter in PowerPoint 365   or   Shape of bottom part of the Letter in PowerPoint 365

   4.   Group these shapes, format them and add pictures (see How to make modern picture design in PowerPoint slide for more details).

Add any other adjustments you like.

See also this tip in French: Comment créer des effets de pinceau dans PowerPoint.

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