This is Part II of a series on custom shapes in PowerPoint 2010. Part I, on Union is here. In that post I explain how to find the custom shapes feature.
The Subtract command subtracts one shape from another. It’s great for cutouts and holes. Let’s say I want a bucket with a hole in it.
Here are the steps to create this shape:
- Insert the Trapezoid shape. It’s in the Basic Shapes section.
- Since it’s upside down from the shape we want, select it and drag the top handle below the bottom handle. Tip: This is a shortcut to flip an object.
- Format the trapezoid however you want. I filled it with a gray gradient to make it look like a bucket.
- Insert a circle and place it over the trapezoid, where you want the hole to be.
- Click the bucket to select it, press and hold the Shift key, then click the hole. You must select the shape that you want to keep first. Then press the Shift key and select the shape that you want to subtract.
- Click the Subtract button. There’s a hole in the bucket!
How will you use the Subtract feature? Leave a comment!
The next post in this series will cover the Intersect feature.