How to Create a Clown Image in PowerPoint (Part 3)

Today is day number fifteen of the video blogging challenge, and we’re ready to create the clown hat.

I made a step by step video and included the text instructions if you prefer to read.

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Clown Hat

0:28
In the last two videos, we created a clown head and hair. By the end of today, you will design a clown hat and add the highlights to finish your creative piece.

0:47
Choose Insert >> Shapes from the top menu and draw a rectangle and chord onto the canvas.

1:03
Position both shapes above the clown head; center each one as best you can. Straighten the chord shape so the straight edge lines up with the top of the rectangle.

Rectangle and chord placement.

Position the chord and rectangle.

1:40
Hold down the shift key and click on both shapes. Right click the mouse and choose “Format Object” to change the fill and line colors.

1:50
Choose “Fill” and change the inner color to whatever color you like. Choose “Line Color” and for now, make it red. (We will come back to this color after we edit the points.)

2:01
Right click the rectangle with your mouse and choose “Edit Points” so we can shape the brim of your clown hat.

2:06
Click on the left point and drag it to the border color, located on the upper portion of the hat. Get it as best as you can.

Line up the edit points.

Line up the edit points.

2:11
Drag the right point to the border color. Line the right side as best as you can with the left side of the hat.

2:21
Select the chord (rounded) shape for the hat, choose “Format Shape” and pick “Line Style” to change the border width from two points to one. Repeat this step for the rectangle.

2:50
Hold down shift and select both hat shapes. Choose “Line Color” to change the red border to black.

3:04
Click anywhere on the canvas to unselect the hat shapes. Click the rectangle shape and using the middle bounding box, drag the shape upwards to create a brim for the hat.

Create a thin brim.

Create a thin brim.

As you drag:

Dragging the brim upward.

Dragging the brim upward.

3:13
Slide the brim downwards and position it on the bottom of the chord shape for the hat. It should now resemble this picture.

Slide the brim downward

Slide the brim downward into position.

3:21
Hold down the shift key and select the top part of the hat and brim. Choose Format >> Group to group them together. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, slide the hat image over the clown head and position it.

Adding a Flower to Your Clown Hat

It’s time to add a flower to your hat. If you have not downloaded the flower, CLICK HERE to download the PowerPoint flower file, before you continue with the rest of the tutorial.

4:17
Add the PowerPoint flower to your clown canvas and position it onto your clown hat. Use CTRL + V keys on your keyboard to paste the flower onto the canvas!

Final Step: Adding Highlights

This can be a little tricky if you have never done highlights before, but using the moon shape inside of PowerPoint should help you master this step!

4:38
Choose Insert >> Shapes and grab the moon shape to highlight the clown’s nose. Position the moon shape inside the nose and make it bigger or smaller to suit your taste.

4:41
Choose Format >> Rotate >> Flip Horizontal. Position the moon highlight on the right side of the clown’s nose as close to the edge of the nose without overlapping the black border.

5:00
Click the yellow edit point and drag to reshape the highlight to make it thinner. Rotate the shape to fit the contour of the nose piece. Stretch the shape, if necessary.

5:12
Right click the moon shape and choose “Format Shape” to change the fill color and remove the line style.

5:26
Select “Line Color” and choose “No Line” to remove the border. Select “Fill” and change the fill color to white.

5:29
Choose “Fill” and change the fill color to white. Set the transparency color between 50 and 65 percent; whichever you prefer.

Add a highlight to the clown nose.

Add a highlight to the clown nose.

5:49
Right click the nose highlight and choose “Copy” to place a new highlight onto the canvas using the CTRL + V keys on your keyboard to paste it.

5:57
Move the shape to the right side of the clown hair. Rotate the shape to fit the contour of the hair curl. Stretch the shape, if necessary.

6:11
Use the CTRL + V keys on your keyboard to paste a new highlight onto the canvas. Position it on the hair curl, underneath the first one.

6:25
Hold down the shift key and highlight both hair highlight pieces. Choose Format >> Group to group them together.

6:34
Right click on the grouped image and choose “Copy” to place a new grouped image onto the canvas using the CTRL + V keys on your keyboard to paste it.

6:39
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, slide the second grouped image to the remainder of the hair on the opposing side of the clown face.

6:42
Choose Format >> Rotate >> Flip Horizontal. Position the highlights along the contour of the hair as you did previously on the opposing side.

6:53
Hold down the shift key and select both sets of grouped highlight shapes on the hair. Choose Format >> Group to group them together. Right click the images and “Send to Back” if necessary.

Hat Highlight

It’s time to place the final highlight on the hat piece, but we want to use the Curve Line instead of the moon shape for this section.

7:15
Choose Images >> Shapes and select the “Curve Line” to draw a highlight on the upper right portion of your clown hat.

7:21
Starting from the center tip of the hat (inside section) click the canvas and drawn a diagonal line extending to the border line on the brim. Double click to end the draw mode.

7:28
Right click on the curve line and choose “Format Shape” to change the color. Choose “Line Color” and select white.

7:39
Right click the curve line and select “Edit Points” to manipulate the line. You should see two black edit markers; one on the top and bottom of the curve line.

7:44
Click the bottom black edit marker and then choose the white diamond. Pull this shape up and outwards to form a curve. Repeat this procedure with the top black edit marker.

Bottom black marker.

Bottom black marker.

When you pull the white edit marker that appears, here is what your canvas will look like:

Pull the white marker to form a curve.

Pull the white marker to form a curve.

8:00
If the curve line you create is too curvy, you can edit the markers until the curve suits you.

8:11
Right click on your curve line and choose “Format Shape” then select “Line Color” and change the transparency setting to 85 percent.

Your final clown picture may resemble this picture:

Final results of the clown creative.

Final Results of the Clown Creative

It has been a pleasure showing you how to create a clown image with PowerPoint. With a little ingenuity and effort, you can create new pictures using the different shapes that are available in PowerPoint.

Feel free to share your final creative with me. I would love to see it!

The Entire Tutorial

Did you like this tutorial? Would you like to see more? 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. Wow – this looks so cute. All that attention to detail makes the clown really pop. Good job Bonnie :)

  2. It’s amazing what you can do with a few regular shapes and squiggles inside of PowerPoint. I’m guessing this is going into your PLR store? How does that work with the social quotes, I could definetly see how they would work on Pinterest.
    Ash recently posted…Spaghetti Marketing: Review Part 1My Profile

    • I had not considered placing this step by step tutorial into my PLR store. I offered it as “free help” for the blog.

      It could make a nice report, I suppose. :)

      Have you tried making the clown, Ash?

  3. The highlighting really makes your clown come to life. It’s amazing how something so simple makes such a big difference.

  4. Bonnie,

    What an extensive tutorial! You’ve done a great job with showing us everything we need to know to make this cute clown – love the variations in hair, eyes, and hats too!

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  5. Impressive stuff!

    I love the way you are so specific and show every step. Also the way you match the text version with the place on the video.

    If anyone needs to know how to do this kind of work, this is the place to be.

    Thanks!
    Mel Day recently posted…5 Keys to Launching Your Information ProductMy Profile

    • Thanks, Mel. I figured it would make it easier for you to find a spot on the video that corresponded with the text instructions.

      Just in case the text didn’t make sense, I am covering all bases. :)

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