How to Create Your Own Shapes in PowerPoint 2010

You know that PowerPoint has a lot of great preset shapes. But sometimes you may feel that these shapes are featureless and maybe it’s a great idea to create your own shapes. In the past, you may find it is quite hard to make it. Fortunately, Microsoft has added many new features in PowerPoint 2010 and one of which enables you to combine the preset shapes and create more complicated shapes.


Create Your Own Shapes in PowerPoint 2010:

Preparation: Find out the Combine Shapes



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Open your PowerPoint 2010, File > Options > Quick Access Toolbar > Commands Not in the Ribbon > Combine Shapes. After this step, then you’ll see this new icon in the upper left like:


The Combine Shapes tool allows you to create new shapes by combining multiple shapes in one of four ways: Union, Combine, Subtract, or Intersect.

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Here we will create a new shape in PowerPoint 2010 using Combine Shapes step by step:


Step 1: Draw the silhouette of a house using several basic shapes, and merge them using Shape Union to create the body of the house:

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Step 2: Draw shapes to represent the negative areas (i.e. the windows and door in the house). Select all the shapes and use Shape Subtract to cut them out:

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Now add a little effect to the new shape to make it looks better, Picture Tools (Format) tab > Adjust section > Artistic Effects. Choose an effect you like and it will be applied to the shape.

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Finally, you will see the shape we just created like this:

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The shape we created using Combine Shapes here is quite simple only for a brief tutorial. Of course we can make much complicated shapes if we want to spend more time on it. Try it and create your own shapes in PowerPoint 2010 using Combine Shapes!

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