Create 3D tabs in PowerPoint
Challenge 199 was about creating tab-based interaction. While describing the challenge, David Anderson (Articulate Storyline’s community manager), asked the community to share ‘fresh examples’.
My mind latched on the word ‘fresh’. I asked myself about the things that freshen me up. ‘Beaches’, my mind replied. I decided to make a beach-themed template. I also wanted the template core – the tabs – to reflect a beach-like feeling. So, using the ‘Edit Points’ feature of PowerPoint, I created tabs having a wavy contour.
Was I happy with the result? Nah! The tabs looked drab; the vibrancy and freshness associated of a beach was missing. I decided the tabs are going to be 3D.
To make the tabs sport a 3D look, I needed to add depth. I achieved this by:
The tab still did not sport an elevated look, a factor that ups the 3D quotient. I addressed this issue by:
Thus, the creation of additional shapes and manipulation of the transparency settings was what I did to create 3D tabs in PowerPoint.
In case you wish to download the tabs and the template, you can visit the 'Templates' section of my website.