Welcome to today’s video. It has been quite some time since we did a video tutorial together. Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it would be nice to show you how to create a shamrock graphic using PowerPoint.
Here’s what we will be making:
You will be able to use it as a picture file on your Facebook fan page, an infographic, or even a blog post. The easiest part of the tutorial is the outside part of the emblem, which consist of two circles.
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How to Design a Shamrock in Powerpoint from Bonnie Gean
Creating Your Shamrock Border
To get started, create a new page. Go to the top of the PowerPoint screen and grab a few shapes. Choose Insert from the top menu, and then Shapes. Grab a circle, hold down the shift key, and draw it onto the canvas.
Once you have a circle drawn on the canvas, right-click your mouse and choose “Size and Position” to open the options box.. Click on the “Size” option and enter 3.75 inches for the width and height.
Next, click on the “Fill” command and change the fill to white. Afterward, change the line color to green. From the top menu, choose Format>>Align Center, and then choose Align Middle to position the circle on the canvas.
Next, you want to duplicate the circle for the inner section of the emblem. Right-click your mouse on top of circle 1 and choose, “Copy.” Then, hit your Control + V keys to paste circle 2 onto the canvas.
Let’s change the size of the new circle and add a dotted border. Right-click your mouse on top of circle #2; choose “Size and Position” from the options box. Select the “Size” option and change the height and width to 3.50 inches.
Choose the “Line Style” option. Set the Cap and Join type to round, and the Dash type to “Round Dot.” Also, change the Width to a 3 or 4 point; whichever you prefer most.
Lastly, drag your mouse over both circles. Choose Format>>Align Center and Align Middle to space the circles evenly apart. Then, choose “Group” from the top menu to piece the two circles together.
You should have a completed border for your shamrock graphic. We won’t need to work with this section again until we’ve finished drawing our shamrock. Place the circles on the side for now.
Creating Your Shamrock
To make the leafy portion of the shamrock, you will create hearts. But the hearts that come along with Powerpoint are not appropriate for this section. Instead, we will create our own with shapes.
Go to Insert>>Shapes and choose a circle. Draw it on the canvas and then return to Shapes and choose a square. Draw a square on the canvas next to your circle.
Right-click on the square and choose “Size and Position” to open the options box. Change the width and height to .75 for both shapes.
Click the “Fill” command and choose “No Fill” for both shapes. Click on “Line Color” and change the border to green for both shapes.
Next, you will want to turn the square 45-degrees. Click “Format” on the top menu and choose “Rotate>>More rotation options.” When the option box appears, add the number 45 to the Rotation box, which is located directly underneath the Height Box.
Click on your square, and from the top menu, choose “Align Center>>Align Middle” to position the square points in the center of the canvas. Click on the circle shape and move it over the top of your square shape until it snaps into place.
Now, right-click on the circle and choose “Copy.” Afterward, choose the Control + V keys to paste a second circle to your canvas. Align the new circle to the first one, then move it to the right until it snaps into the square shape.
Highlight the square and circles, then choose “Format” from the top menu and click the “Group” command to piece the three shapes together.
Once you’ve grouped the three pieces, you should see a tiny white square at the bottom of your heart. Move the heart drawing upwards until the white box (nearest to the bottom point) sits in the center of the canvas guides.
Right-click on the top of your heart and choose “Copy.” Using your Control + V Keys, paste a new heart to the canvas. Click “Format” from the top menu and then “Rotate>>More rotation options” and add the number negative 100 to the Rotation box.
Once you’ve rotated the second heart, use the white square at the bottom of the heart to slide it into place on the canvas guides. Repeat the above step, but rotate the third heart to 100 as shown in the figure below.
Drag your mouse over the heart outlines. Choose “Format” and “Group” from the Powerpoint menu. Right-click your mouse over the grouped elements and choose “Size and Position” to gain access to the options box.
In the options box, choose “Line Color” and then choose “No Line” to remove the green outlines. Then choose “Fill>>Solid Fill” and choose the same green color you choose earlier in the tutorial for the two big circles.
Highlight the grouped shamrock and choose “Group>>Ungroup” from the Powerpoint menu. Highlight the two heart leaves (on the bottom of your shamrock) and move them down on the canvas twice. (Use your arrow keys on the keyboard to move these two pieces.)
The last graphic to draw is the stem of your shamrock. Choose “Insert>>Shapes” from the Powerpoint menu and pick the “Block Arc” shape. Hold your mouse on the canvas and drag the block arc for your stem.
Place the stem at the bottom of your shamrock. From the top menu, choose “Rotate>>Rotate Left 90.” Right-click on the stem and position it in between the bottom heart leaves.
Notice there are two yellow diamonds located at the top and bottom of your stem. Drag each of the diamonds to create a point on both ends of your stem. Additionally, you can use the same diamonds to increase or decrease the thickness of your stem.
Once you’ve placed the stem where you like it, use the rotation tool to add a bit of rotation to your piece. Lastly, right-click your mouse on the stem and choose “Size and Position.”
Click the “Fill” command to make your stem the same color green as the shamrock. Afterward, choose “Line Color” and pick “No Line” to complete your stem.
Highlight all the pieces of your shamrock (leaves and stem) and using the top menu of Powerpoint, choose “Format” and “Group” to piece them together. Your shamrock should resemble the graphic below.
Add the Circle Border
It’s time to work with the circle emblem you created in the very beginning of the tutorial. Slide the emblem border from the right side of your canvas and position it behind your completed shamrock.
As you can see by my drawing, the circle border is bigger than the shamrock. It should be, but not quite as big as it is in Figure 15. If you need to make your border smaller, highlight it with your mouse, and hold down the shift key on the keyboard, as you drag the mouse across the canvas.
You may have to drag the emblem circle more than once to get the size you like best. Once it looks good to your eyes, align the circle border with your shamrock graphic.
To group the circles with your shamrock, highlight all the pieces and from the top menu, choose “Format” and then “Align>>Align Center” and “Align>>Align Middle.”
To finish the piece off, after aligning it center and middle, I highlighted the shamrock and moved it downward with my arrow key by one click. As a final touch, I hit “Group” from the Powerpoint menu and grouped the circle emblem with the shamrock.
Now your piece is ready to use or you can add text on top of the shamrock if you want to use it a a social image! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Did you follow along with this tutorial and Powerpoint? How did your Shamrock turn out? If you didn’t do the tutorial, do you plan to? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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