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Chart of the Month – January 2011 – 3D Formatting and Rotation

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These two slides use the 3D rotation and formatting tools in PowerPoint 2007 to create unique visual representations of the team/synchronization and hierarchy concepts. To make it very simple for you, we've included the 3D rotation and formatting settings so you can quickly get the effect you want – in this case platforms. If you want to create your own look, start with the preset that is closest to what you have in mind and then adjust the settings until you like the effect. It's very easy; but remember that if you rotate an object, you need to add depth to it. Therefore, it is a two-step process. It's probably best to set your rotation first and then add the depth you want.

First decide what on what object to use. Then bring the object onto the page and color it as you please. Then right click on the object and select/click on "Format Shape" (see menu title at top of graphic below). Then select "3-D Rotation" and set the X, Y, and Z values to those you see below and click "Close."

Then right click on the newly rotated object and select/click on "Format Shape" again. This time click on "3-D Format." We chose 4 points as the depth, but you can choose any depth you wish. Try a few out to see what works best for your object.

You can rotate any framework/graphic you wish. We used gears (series FR017 in PowerFrameworks library) in one example and a circle for the second example. You can download the examples if you wish to use them as a starting point for your own slides. Enjoy using this technique to add interest and give life to overused, standard slides like org charts, team structures, connections, relationships, and so on.

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