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Using AutoShapes and pictures with charts
Using AutoShapes and pictures with charts
Combining AutoShapes and other graphics with charts opens the door to some
interesting visual effects. The examples in this section demonstrate a few
possibilities. Have fun experimenting, but when other eyes will view your work, be careful
not to overdo these effects. Whereas one or two embellishments can drive a point
home, too many can obscure the chart’s meaning.
ANNOTATING CHARTS
A common use for AutoShapes is to annotate a chart. For example, you can use
AutoShapes from the Callout category to add descriptive text that calls attention to
a particular data point. This technique works for both embedded charts and charts
on chart sheets. Figure 6-13 shows an example of an embedded chart that has been
annotated with a Text Box and an AutoShape from the Callouts category.
Figure 6-13: Annotating a chart with a Text Box and
an AutoShape
Another example of chart annotation is shown in Figure 6-14. This pie chart is
actually grouped with a Rectangle AutoShape that displays text. The text, which
summarizes the chart, is aligned to the upper-right corner of the rectangle. The
image also includes a small clip art logo in the bottom-right corner, which is
grouped with the chart and AutoShape.
USING AUTOSHAPES IN LIEU OF A LEGEND
Figure 6-15 shows another example of AutoShapes from the Callout category. This
chart displays two lines, and AutoShapes are used to identify the lines. This
technique is often useful when charts are printed in black and white. In such a case, the
line colors are often difficult or impossible to ascertain.
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