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Chart of the Month – September 2011 – Picture Cube

This is a nice technique to add to your PowerPoint skill set. It's so easy, but it is seldom used/seen in presentations. This technique can also be used to help convey many concepts: attributes, goals, activities, team members, design element on the slide to help set tone, etc. The Chart of the Month uses the picture cube to illustrate three of OurCo's major strengths. Use your imagination and you're sure to come up with a three-picture combination that would work well as a cube.

The steps are very simple, but you must start with perfectly square photographs. Most photographs are either horizontally or vertically oriented; very few are perfectly square. Therefore, you're going to need to crop the photographs you intend to use. Keep this in mind when selecting photographs and choose only those that can be cropped without losing critical parts of the image.

After you've selected and cropped your photographs, decide which photos you want to appear where on the cube. Then start applying the 3D rotation. Click on a photograph and then right click. Select "Format Shape" and then "3-D Rotation." Then click on the "Presets" button. You'll get the menu below. Simply click on one of the three "Parallel" presets. Then do the same for the remaining two photographs, selecting their own Parallel preset orientation (as shown below).

You can do the same with the labels for the cube sides. You can then either place the text on top of the photograph or to the side (as in this Chart of the Month. The image below shows the formatted photographs and text. All that needs to be done is to assemble the cube and place the associated text. You can drag the pieces together and then fine tune by nudging them with your navigational arrows.

Enjoy using this technique. It is so simple, you'll look for opportunities to use the cubes in your presentations.

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