In this tutorial, we will be exploring adding aย 3D elementย to a shape as well asย 3D rotation. Now we touched on it in passing in theย PowerPoint Layoutย tutorial, however this time we will be going into more depth. For this tutorial weโll be using two basic shapes and one fairly unique one. These shapes can be found by clicking on theย Insertย tab and then clicking onย Shapes. Youโll also notice shapes with that have a 3D element to them already such as the cube or the cylinder. Those can be used as well.

To start, right click on one of the shapes and click onย Format Shapes.

What we want to do here is add a bevel to the shapes so that they pop forward a bit. Withย Format Shapesย open, go toย 3D Format. The main two options to focus on here areย Top,ย Bottom, andย Depth.

Feel free to select theย bevelsย you want for the top and bottom of the shape. The measurements could be left at default unless you want the bevels to stick out more.

What we really want to observe isย depth. For significant you can double, triple, or quadruple it by theย widthย orย heightย of theย Bevels. For example, if theย Bevelsโย height and width are 6, make theย depthย 12, 18, or 24 to get noticeable depth.

Do the same for any other shapes you may have on the active slide. While youโre at it, experiment with some of the material and lighting types.

Nowย you’veย just added aย 3D elementย to the shapes. Although theyโre on a 2D plane, you will notice that they have to depth and feature to them. Next weโll put these shapes on a 3D plane.

Right click on a shape and click onย 3D Rotation.

Whatย 3D Rotationย does is turn the shape on a 3D space, bring it out of 2D, flat space. This allows for you to see more than just the face side of a shape. The easiest way to do this is by using aย presetย which has all of the main angles you and sides you might wish to use.

In the above image notice that the actualย depthย of the shape is shown once it is put in 3D space.