About this lesson
We will create a divider slide to separate different topics in a presentation. We will also learn how to download, save and use high-quality large images as the slide background and use the merge and union facility to merge a picture across multiple shapes.
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Slide 3: Divider Slide - Shapes, Fills and Format Shapes - Part 1
Divider slides are used to separate different parts of the presentation. Like bookends, they give the reader an idea of where they are in the presentation and what the next point of discussion is. They help the presenter transition from one subject to the next. We could use the 'Section Header' slide layout or design out own divider slide from scratch.
In the first part of this lesson, we are going to create a divider slide from scratch using shapes, pictures and merge and union.
When to use
Use divider slides in longer presentations to break up the different topics.
Save time by duplicating an existing slide
If there is already a slide in the presentation that includes the background you would like to use, it's much more efficient to duplciate the slide and remove any unwanted shapes and text. This means we won't need to go through the process of adding a background picture and transparency again.
- Select the title slide.
- CTRL+D to duplicate the slide.
- Delete the shapes and text from the slide.
Insert multiple shapes
Next, we are going to insert 3 parallelograms into the new slide.
- From the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, select Shapes.
- Choose the Parallelogram shape.
- From the Shape Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline.
- Select No Outline.
- Press CTRL+D twice to duplicate the shape.
- Move the shapes into position so there is equal spacing between all three.
Merge and Union
The effect we are trying to achieve is one picture that extends across all three shapes. It almost gives a feel of peeking through the shapes at the picture in the background. If we were to just select the shapes individually and fill them with a picture, it wouldn't work as desired. The picture would appear in each shape, not merged across all shapes. To acheive this effect, we need to utilize merge and union.
- Select all 3 shapes.
- From the Shape Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Merge Shapes.
- Select Union.
- Right-click on the shape and select Format Picture.
- From Shape Options, in the Fill group, select Picture or Texture Fill.
- Click Insert.
- Browse to the folder where the picture is stored.
- Select the picture and click Insert.
- Click on the picture.
- From the Picture Format tab, in the Size group, select the lower-half of the Crop button.
- Select Fill.
- Move the picture to position it.
- Click Crop.
The picture will be merged across the 3 shapes.
Hints & tips
- It's not always quicker to duplicate and reuse existing slides but many times it is. Decide if this is the method to use on a case by case basis.
- To delete multiple shapes or placeholders on a slide, remember you can use the Selection Pane.
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