Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Tips for Creating Common 3-D Objects
cube), the color and size that you set for Contours creates a border around the front
face as well as around each visible side surface.
Material . The surface material determines how shiny the surface appears and how
bright its color is on the front face compared to the sides. The Material button
opens a palette that displays various materials such as matte, plastic, and metal.
Lighting . The Lighting button opens a palette that displays various types of light-
ing that you can apply to the object, such as Harsh, Soft, Bright Room, and so on.
To adjust the direction from which the light hits the object, you can change the
Angle setting.
Tips for Creating Common 3-D Objects
The 3-D formatting and rotation settings in PowerPoint 2013 are very powerful and can
seem a little overwhelming at fi rst because of the variety of available options. Take your
time in exploring them, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can accom-
plish. Here are some things you can try.
To create a perfectly round sphere, which stays round no matter how you rotate it, follow
these steps:
1. Draw an oval.
2. Select the oval and use the Size boxes on the Drawing Tools Format tab to set
its height and width to the same value, thus making it a perfect circle. For this
experiment, use a whole number such as 1” or 2”.
3. Right-click the circle and choose Format Shape.
4. In the 3-D Format settings, set the top and bottom bevel, both Height and
Width, to 36 points for every 1” of diameter. For example, if your circle is 2” in
diameter, use 72 points for each.
To create a four-sided pyramid, follow these steps:
1. Draw a rectangle.
2. Select the rectangle and use the Size boxes on the Drawing Tools Format tab to
set its height and width to the same value, making it a perfect square. For this
experiment, use 1”.
3. Right-click the square and choose Format Shape.
4. In the 3-D Format settings, for both the Top and Bottom bevel styles, choose
Angle (the first preset on the second row).
5. Set the bevel settings as follows:
a. Top Width: 36 points for every 1” of the square’s size, plus 1 point. For example,
for a 1” square, use 37 points; for a 2” square, use 73 points.
b. Top Height: 72 points for every 1” of the square’s size.
c. Bottom (height and width): 0 points.
 
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