Page Curl Stickers: Arrow Icons Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM

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Here’s a fun and easy way to freshen up your clip art and icon. Using PowerPoint 2010’s new shape tools and the Edit Points feature, you can quickly give depth and perspective to basic shapes and icons.

 

Fully editable

The icon is comprised of three objects: arrow shape, outline and shadow. You can edit the icon by first ungrouping it and then modifying one or more of the objects.

The graphics use PowerPoint’s Office design color theme. To modify the colors, you can either select one of the pre-built color themes or create your own color theme.

 

Download the source files

You can find the source files in the Graphics Gallery.

 

 

Here's how I built the graphics

Here are a few screencasts that walk you through building the icons. The first three steps are basic shape techniques. In the final step, we bring it all together using Edit Points to create the peeling effect.

 

The more I look at the icons, the more I see things I'd like to change. But that's how everything goes, right? If you have any ideas or suggestions for making the effect better, please share them in the comments below.

 

Tutorial 1: Creating the initial arrow graphic

Tutorial 2: Creating the arrow outline

Tutorial 3: Creating the drop shadow

Tutorial 4: Creating the pealing effect using Edit Points

 

Post written by David Anderson

 

 

23 comments so far

Meg Bertapelle

175 posts

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:52 AM

seriously super-cool, thanks! :D

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2:19 PM

For whatever reason, I have the hardest time with Edit Points! Any advice? I'm thinking I probably just need to practice, practice, practice...

User Rank David Anderson

3,268 posts

Posted Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Thanks Meg and Jill!

@Amanda - what are you having a hard time with? Selecting the points? Or moving them?

One thing that might help you move the points is turn off the Snap to Grid option. I find that makes it easier for precise editing. Right click the slide and select Grids and Guides and deselect the option from the menu.

PowerPoint doesn't let us is select multiple points or use the arrow keys to move the points. That would be a cool feature:-)

Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Thanks David. I was having a hard time moving the points, but I turned off the Snap to Grid option and it does seem to be working better. Thanks!

Posted Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM

David - responding to your question to Amanda.... I have trouble with the Bezier handles in 2007.

Seeing them... they are so tiny. And they do things erratically... first there's only one handle and the next time I look there are two. Once I can see them and the handles stop appearing and disappearing, I don't have much trouble using them to get the curves and shapes I want.

Any suggestion on what I might be doing wrong?

User Rank David Anderson

3,268 posts

Posted Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Hi  JP,

PowerPoint's anchor points are small and because we can't zoom in on them, it makes selecting them a challenge sometimes.

One thing I've noticed is PowerPoint seems to create multiple points. Not sure if this is exactly what's happening, but check this Screenr out at 1:53 http://screenr.com/8Hf

I tried selecting the handle and like you, could only see one. But after deleting the point, the point became a curved point with two handles. Maybe that has something to do with it? Not sure.

So maybe try right-clicking and deleting any trouble points you encounter to see if that helps. Worst case you undo it and restore the point.

If anyone else has any ideas or suggestions for better selecting anchor points, please share:-)

Michelle Pavel

19 posts

Tom Ashcraft

31 posts

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:40 AM

Thank you!! How can we use these in non-PowerPoint based projects? Is there a way to save out the graphics?

User Rank David Anderson

3,268 posts

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:28 AM

Tom - you can right-click each graphic and select Save as picture... to save the graphics as .png files. PNG files will retain the object transparency.

Here's a screencast on the process: http://www.screenr.com/0hE

I also updated the .zip file with some starter .png files!

Andy Minshall

1 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 6:40 AM

I like this very much. It fasinates me how much you can do with Powerpoint.

Thanks

Tom Ashcraft

31 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 7:28 AM

Thanks! Saving as picture is ideal. And thanks for including the image files with the source graphics!

Shawnda Griffith

20 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Great tip as usal - thanks so much!  I have a question on how to get the shape combine effect in PowerPoint 2007.  Is that possible?  I tried just grouping, but when effects are applied you can tell there are 3 separate shapes used to create the arrow.

User Rank David Anderson

3,268 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 1:46 PM

@Shawnda - The combine shapes option isn't possible in 2007--it was a new feature in PPT2010.  But you can still get the overall shape effect by working with shapes in PPT2007. Here's a screencast on how you can do it: http://www.screenr.com/hhf

Please let me know if you have any questions on that process.

Shawnda Griffith

20 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 2:19 PM

It worked!  Thank you so much for the tip!

User Rank David Anderson

3,268 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Awesome! Glad that worked and thanks for circling back. Please feel free to post samples of anything you create--we love seeing what you come up with!

Kim Williams

2 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Ditto thanks! Really cool stuff. I also cheat a little and create shapes (and effects) in PPTX and copy/paste them to Fireworks to use them across other projects.

Rishikesh Kumar

17 posts

Posted Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Cool stuff... I had to scroll to the bottom of the page to see what else I can find :)

Greg S.

6 posts

Posted Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 8:43 AM

This is really fun! I tried following the example using the video tutorial and I was able to do it!!!! Thanks Dave!

User Rank David Anderson

3,268 posts

Posted Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 8:57 AM

@Everyone - Thanks! It's amazing what we can do in PowerPoint.

@Greg - very cool! If you're up for sharing your stickers, feel free to post them in the forums. I'd like to see how they turned out!

smith beatrix

2 posts

Posted Monday, February 04, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I like the work. I think its pretty special. Good luck dear. I also have get a few after designing these personally from http://www.customstickers.us.