Day 8 – Video Blogging Challenge

Today is day eight of the video blogging challenge, and I would like to show you how to create a flower with PowerPoint that you can use with social quotes.

You can watch the video or read the text below to find out how.

Watch the Video:


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How to Create a Four-Petal Flower with PowerPoint

Open PowerPoint and go to “New” and choose “Blank Presentation” to get started. Once you have a canvas, click on the left panel and choose “Layout” and pick the “Blank” layout.

Page Setup

1:01
On the top menu, choose “Design” and then Page Setup to enter the height and width of your canvas. Change both to 5.333 inches to ensure your exported image will measure 511 pixels, square.

Insert Shapes

1:17
Go to the file menu and choose “Insert >>Shapes” and pick the teardrop. Holding your mouse down on the canvas while holding the shift key on the keyboard, drag out a teardrop shape.

1:29
Go back to the shapes dropdown box and pick the moon shape. Draw a moon onto the canvas to resemble a leaf. You can make this as big or small as you want.

1:35
Go back to the shapes again and pick a circle. Draw a small circle onto the canvas (and make it smaller than the size of your teardrop shape).

1:39
Lastly, choose the curve line tool and place your mouse onto the canvas. Click the canvas once and drag the line across the canvas until the line curves; once you visually see a curve form, click the canvas twice to end the line.

Change the Colors of Each Shape

Curved Line (Stem)

2:02
Starting with the curved line, which will be your flower stem, change the line width to four points and choose a green color for the stem. (Right click the mouse on top of the shape and choose “Format Shape” to make your changes.)

Moon Shape (Leaf)

2:22
Make the same changes to the moon-shaped piece. Right click the mouse on top of the shape and choose “Format Shape” to make your changes.

2:26
Choose Fill >> Pattern Fill to open the “Format Shape” box to make your creative changes. Choose lime green for the foreground color and dark green for the background color.

2:38
Choose the fourth pattern, from the top, in the first row. Then, change the line color to a lime green to match the color you used for the moon shape (stem) of your flower.

Note:
After the video, I went back to my flower and changed the leaf colors to lime green and dark green; additionally, I chose a different pattern above from the one I used on the video.

Circle Shape

2:55
The small circle is the center of your flower petals. Choose Fill >> Pattern to open the “Format Shape” box to add color to the shape.

3:05
Choose black for the background color and bright yellow for the foreground. Choose the last pattern on the second row. (It has spaced dots.)

3:12
Change the line color to dark red. Change the line style to a 3-4 point width. The project is your flower, so choose the width that suits you best.

Teardrop Shape

3:28
The teardrop shape will turn into the flower petal of your creative piece. Place your mouse on top of the shape and right click, and then choose copy.

3:32
Use the control + V keys on the keyboard to paste a copy of the teardrop to the canvas. Choose Format >> Rotate >> Flip Horizontal to mirror the first teardrop image.

3:40
Place the mirrored teardrop next to the first teardrop shape and space them apart to your liking. Highlight both images and choose Format >> Group and group the items into one cohesive image.

3:50
Right click on the image and choose “Copy” and then use the control + V keys on the keyboard to paste a copy of the double teardrops onto the canvas. You should see four teardrops now.

3:54
Make the second set of teardrops active (click them with your mouse), and choose Format >> Rotate >> Flip Vertical to turn the teardrops around, pointed side down. Space all four teardrops evenly on the canvas to resemble a flower.

Make a PowerPoint Flower

4:31
Click the rotate stem and turn the flower petals on the canvas in any direction you want. (It’s your creation so don’t make it more difficult than it needs to be.)

5:02
Now that you have four flower petals, right click on each one and change the Fill color to bright red and the line color to dark red.

5:19
Add a shadow mark to each flower petal. Base the shadow on where the light source is that’s shining on the flower petals.

6:02
Highlight all your flower petals and click Format >> Group.

6:10
Place the yellow circle into the center of your flower petals and add a shadow to the right side of the image.

6:17
Right click the image and choose “Bring to the Front” so it’s covering the flower petals instead of hiding behind them.

6:45
Add a shadow to the yellow circle to match the source of light of the flower petals.

6:59
Add a shadow mark to the leaf.

7:18
Move the flower petals to the top of the canvas.

7:30
Group the yellow circle to the flower petals by highlighting the petals and circle and then clicking on Format >> Group.

7:34
Move the leaf closer to the guidelines on your canvas. Click the rotate stem and turn the leaf to the right until the bottom point meets the guideline.

7:47
Right click on the leaf and choose “Copy” then use the control + V keys on your keyboard to paste a second leaf onto the canvas.

7:54
Click the second leaf and choose Format >> Rotate >> Flip Horizontal to make a mirror image of the first leaf. Use the rotate stem to line up the bottom point to the canvas guidelines.

Note:
Don’t worry about how much time it takes to overlap your leaves. Just do what looks good to your eyes and move on to the next step.

8:25
Change the shadow on the second leaf to match the light source of your flower.

8:44
Group your leaves together and resize them if necessary.

8:51
Choose the curved line (the stem) and position it between the two leaves and under the flower petals. Right click the stem and choose “Bring to the Back” for the proper placement.

8:59
Move your flower petals into position on top of the stem and above the leaves. Rotate the petals to position them where you want them.

Note:
I took a little longer than usual to move the leaves, stem and flower petals into place, which is essentially my perfectionism taking over – but, don’t you dare do the same thing! :)

10:37
Highlight all your flower pieces and group them together with Format >> Group.

10:51
Add one more shadow to the entire piece so it reflects where the light source is shining on your creation. Right click the grouped image and choose Format Shape >> Shadow to add your final shadow.

Congratulations!

You have created a PowerPoint flower!

11:39
Save your PowerPoint presentation and export the flower as a PNG file.

Your Homework

Find a quiet room and create a video explaining to me WHY you wanted to start an Internet business. :)

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Would you like to see more PowerPoint tutorials like this one? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,

– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. This is very cool, something I would have never thought of doing.

  2. I would never think about using ppt for creating images like that: nicely done!

  3. Another excellent tutorial. I’m collecting these and when I have a quiet few hours (I’ll make sure I get some) I’m going to try them out.

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