How to merge and align shapes in PowerPoint?
In this article, you will learn how to merge and align shapes in PowerPoint which are the two challenging things to do for the PowerPoint users.
You may wonder how does shape like this, is made!
There is an interesting feature available in PowerPoint which helps us make such strange handmade shapes.
Sometimes, the shape you want isn’t included in the built-in or default shapes. You can merge shapes to create the picture you want.
I open a new blank slide and choose a shape by clicking on insert and draw a heart while holding shift key and put it in the middle of the page, and then pick a new shape of lightening to draw on it.
Select the shapes you want to merge: press and hold the Shift key while you select each shape in turn.
On the Drawing Tools Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, select Merge Shapes, and then pick the option you want.
Such as union, combine, fragments and so on…
Here I prefer to choose the combine.
Let me make the combination of the heart and lightening a little smaller and add another shape to them like a long rectangle and then choose the union option.
There it is. You now have a new combination of different shapes. Now, let’s make the same shape, I showed you at the beginning of the video.
Go to the shape and select a Pentagon and then add a long rectangle by dragging it on your pentagon shape.
Now press and hold the shift key while you are selecting your shapes in turn, then choose fragment in format tab.
Unlike other Merge Shape commands that retain or remove overlapping and non-overlapping areas of multiple shapes, the Fragment option discards nothing at all. In fact, it “fragments” each possible division caused by overlapping shapes and turns them into many, smaller shapes.
That’s how you merge shape works! Now it’s time to finish how to merge and align shapes in PowerPoint.
One of the biggest challenges for every PowerPoint user is “aligning the objects” and PowerPoint has a professional solution for this. If you choose all images in drawing tools, you can see align icon here.
First, you need to choose your alignment based on the selected object or based on slides. Then I click on align to center. You can see all the shapes in the center of the page or when I choose the align middle, you can see all shapes are in the center and the middle of the slides.
If you choose the distribute horizontally, the PowerPoint will move the objects in the same distance. Let me resize the shape and describe it more clearly.
I choose these three shapes. In align part I choose to align to slide. Then I click on distribute horizontally and then I choose to align to Middle.
look with align option you can find the best location, not by chance or your eye.
I hope you enjoy using PowerPoint with all these tips and educations about the easy method to merge and align shapes.