Last week we learned how to find and use the Shape Unite tool. This week we're going to shift focus to its partner command, the Shape Subtract tool.
- If you have not already, follow the instructions from last week's article to add the Shape Subtract tool to your PowerPoint ribbon.
- Find the shape from which you would like to subtract another shape. I am going to use the flower from last week.
- Insert the new shape onto your slide (Insert > Illustrations > Shapes).
- Select the shape from which you would like to subtract another shape (in this case, the flower) and THEN press [Ctrl] as you select the other shape (the circle). Release [Ctrl].
- Locate on your ribbon where you have added the Shape Subtract tool and click it.
The second shape has instantly been removed from the first.
Note: If you will be using the shape you are subtracting (in this case, the circle) elsewhere in your presentation, be sure to copy and paste it before using the Shape Subtract tool. Using the Shape Subtract tool will cause the subtracted shape to disappear.
Fast and easy! Check back next week for an easy way to apply these tools toward constructing an eLearning module.
About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both "PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials" and "PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials."