SmartArt Illustrations

SmartArt Illustrations


PowerPoint 2007 SmartArt Creating professional-looking slides with illustrations seems challenging, but PowerPoint 2007 makes using illustrations easy with the addition of SmartArt graphics. SmartArt graphics are a type of illustration that allow you to visually communicate information you might otherwise include in a presentation as text.

In this lesson, you will learn how to insert a SmartArt graphic, change the color and effects of the illustration, and modify it in numerous ways.

Inserting SmartArt graphics

Download the example to work along with the video.

To insert a SmartArt graphic:

SmartArt Command
SmartArt Dialog Box
SmartArt Dialog Box 2
SmartArt Inserted

You can also insert a SmartArt graphic by clicking the Insert SmartArt command in the placeholder, if the slide layout includes a content placeholder.

Think about the amount of text you will need for the graphic. Some layouts have more room for text than others.

To add text to a graphic:

SmartArt Graphic

Working with SmartArt graphic shapes

To add a shape to a graphic:

Add Shape
New Shape

To add a bulleted list to a shape:

Add Bullet
Add Text to Bullet

To reorder shapes:

Reorder Shapes

Formatting a SmartArt graphic

To enter text using the text pane:

Text Pane
Text Pane Text

You can also click the arrows on the left side of the SmartArt graphic to display the text pane.

To switch to a different graphic layout:

SmartArt Layouts

When you apply a new layout, the graphic on the slide and the SmartArt styles will change.

To change the graphic color variation:

Change Color Command

When you change the graphic color variation, the graphic on the slide and the SmartArt styles will change.

Formatting a SmartArt graphic

To change the SmartArt style:

SmartArt Styles

To revert to the original graphic:

Reset Graphic

Formatting the graphic

When you insert a SmartArt graphic, the Format tab is one of two tabs that appear on the Ribbon. The commands on this tab can be used to format the graphic in several ways. Many of the same commands are used to format text boxes, shapes, and WordArt.

Format Tab

To move shapes using the Promote or Demote commands:

Promote and Demote commands

Keep in mind that while the Promote and Demote commands allow you to move shapes and customize the graphic, sometimes you may have to insert a new shape to create the graphic you want.


Use the Employee Orientation presentation or any other presentation you choose to complete this challenge.