A hidden feature in PowerPoint lets you create fluid curves like this. They’re called Bézier curves.
Follow these steps:
- Insert a shape from the Shapes gallery on the Home or Insert tab. (In 2003, you need to use a curve, freeform or scribble. Choose AutoShapes> Lines on the Drawing toolbar. In 2007, if you have a rectangle or other shape, select it, click the Format tab, and choose Edit Shape> Convert to Freeform.)
- Right-click the shape and choose Edit Points. (In PowerPoint 2003, select the shape and from the Drawing toolbar, choose Draw> Edit Points.) You now see the vertices displayed.
- Click on a vertex to display two handles on either side of the vertex.
- Drag the handles to create the Bezier curves, as you see here.
You can also do the following:
- Add a vertex: Press Ctrl and click anywhere on the outline.
- Delete a vertex: Press Ctrl and click any vertex.
- Straighten a segment: Right-click along a segment and choose Straight Segment.
- Make a straight segment curved: Right-click along a segment and choose Curved Segment.
- Create a corner point: Right-click a vertex and choose Corner Point. This ensures a sharp corner.
- Create a smooth point: Right-click a vertex and choose Smooth Point. This ensures a non-sharp corner.
- Create a straight point: Right-click a vertex and choose Straight Point. This disallows a corner.
How do you use Bezier curves? Leave a comment!