When you need to make a presentation either for work or for school, Powerpoint is usually the software that you choose. With a simple software like Powerpoint, you can easily create professional presentations that your audience will love.

There are many things you can do with Powerpoint to bring those templates back to life. One of the most interesting things you can do is to create design elements like custom shapes.

You don’t want to fill your slides with too many elements or you’ll be missing the point of doing a great presentation. However, some creative designs here and there will allow you to make the perfect presentation.

In the following steps, you’ll learn how to create custom shapes in PowerPoint 2016. You can start my creating a more basic shape at first, but notice that you can (and should) use this tutorial to create any custom shapes you want in Powerpoint.

Here are the steps to create custom shapes in Powerpoint 2016:

* Step 1: Insert Shape

With your Powerpoint 2016 opened, just click on the Insert drop menu and select Insert a Shape. Just choose a circle, for example. You should now be able to see the shape you selected on your canvas.

* Step 2: Duplicate Shape:

On this step, we’re going to duplicate the inserted shape. In order to do that, you just need to copy and paste the circle you already have on your canvas.

* Step 3: Resize the Shape:

You can either increase or decrease the size of the shape. In this tutorial, we will increase the size of the copied circle. To resize the circle, you just need to hold Shift while you move on of the corner handles. By pressing Shift while you do this will allow you to scale the shape evenly, maintaining the original proportions.

* Step 4: Arrange And Group The Shapes

Now, just move the smaller circle and put it on top of the large circle. Make sure they have the same center by using the alignment guides. Press Control Key and first select the bigger circle, and then the smaller circle.

With both images selected, by this order, right click on the shape and within the Grouping drop-down menu, select Subtract.

* Step 5: Copy Shapes

Now, to duplicate the custom shape you just created, just copy and paste.

* Step 6: Finishing Touches:

When you position all the shapes you create the way you want them to be, just select them all, right click and from the Grouping drop-down menu choose Merge all of the selected shapes into one shape.

And you just created your first custom shape. As you can see, it’s pretty easy to make creative design elements to enhance your Powerpoint presentations. All you need is a little of creativity and imagination and your presentations will be unforgettable.

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