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Logic: put some real 3d effects and animations into PowerPoint

Real PowerPoint 3d!

When I was in Tucson at PowerPoint Live, I saw an amazing demonstration of some real 3d in PowerPoint. That was two years ago and wow, has this program improved since then! This tutorial is about updating a simple chart into PowerPoint using Perspector. I'm afraid in this amount of space I can't do justice to the program. But get the free download and have a play. I used Perspector at a presentation night of a Christmas Lights Award ceremony and it looked just brilliant. Well, Perspector has developed over time to now include a Task Pane that gives you a lot of easy options at your fingertips.

I've must admit I've had four attempts at writing this tutorial and every time I've given up because I struggle to do it justice! You really need to try it to get your head around what it can do.

Anyway, I'm going to cover two things.

  1. First, I'll use Perspector to format a chart, and then

  2. A sneaky little trick I don't even think the Perspector folks know about! That will be on the next page as it includes animation.

By the way, you can check out the Perspector site for more details.

Here is where we are going:

slide with graph

Basically, we insert a chart into PowerPoint, get rid of any unwanted paraphernalia off it, ungroup it, and let Perspector do the rest!

insert chart menu

Our chart is inserted.

chart result

We change its type to a flat, 2d chart.

change to simple column

We will let Perspector do the fancy 3d work.

bar format options

Now, we get rid of any lines on our bars. You should do it now so you don't have any problems when ungrouping the chart. You right click on the chart and select Grouping| Ungroup. You will egt warned about whether you really want to do this.

ungroup warning

Select Yes, and ungroup it again. That will bust the chart up into objects, including the ones we want to apply Perspector to.

Now, it is simply a case of getting rid of any objects we don't want.

result graph

Since I am only going to apply the Perspector conversion to the bars, I select them and then go to the Perspector Task Pane.

perspector panel

While this is similar to PowerPoint's Task Pane, it is well ordered and has the options I was looking for all available.

convert shapes

Clicking on "Convert selected PowerPoint shapes" loads Perspector and converts the shapes to 3d. Now for some formatting.

3d shape result

I want to change the depth of the shapes, convert them to another type of shape, and add some shininess.

change depth

The "Show Resize Bars" allows me to drag the depth back for all objects if they are all selected at the same time.

resize bars

I then need to align all bars to the bottom. Easiest way is to use Perspector's align toolbar. I also change the shapes the same was as in PowerPoint using the Change Shape button, selecting a cylinder.

change shape

Now, I want some shininess, to a semi gloss or about 60%.

 semi gloss

Then, it is a case of simply applying the changes.

apply changes

Now, one last task is to improve the image quality.

improve quality

This option is also located on the Task Pane.

chart result

Done! And very nicely too!

Now, go here to view animations in Perspector

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