4: 5 Creative Hand drawn graph effect ideas
Create hand drawn graph effects in PowerPoint. Find simple tricks that create the illusion of hand drawn charts to make your data slides remarkable.
A quick word about Hand drawn graph effects:
PowerPoint doesn’t allow you to create hand drawn style images or graphs from scratch. Even if you use ‘Artistic effects’ button in PowerPoint 2010 for your charts, the results are far from impressive. Here is an example of ‘Line drawing’ effect on a simple column chart that has been converted into a picture:
In this article, we will share with you some simple tricks in PowerPoint that will create the illusion of hand drawn graphs.
Three factors that create the illusion of hand drawn charts:
You can create the illusion of hand drawn charts by working on 3 simple elements. They are:
- Chart background
Use chart backgrounds like black board, white board or note paper instead of the default backgrounds.
When numbers in the axes and data labels are in hand written style fonts, the chart tends to look hand drawn.
- Shape fill
When you use ‘No fill’ and thick outline, the chart looks like it is drawn with chalk or board marker. Let us see some examples that showcase the technique.
Note: All the chart templates in this article are taken from our ‘Visual PowerPoint Graphs Pack’. The pack has more than 320 business relevant data driven PowerPoint graph templates that are super easy to use. You just need to replace sample data in the embedded worksheet of the charts. The pre-formatted charts get updated automatically.
1 Black board effect:
In the following example, we used the image of black board as background. The font used is Tempus Sans ITC. We used ‘No fill’ and thick outlines as mentioned earlier:
2 Green board effect:
Here is green board variation of the previous chart:
3 White board effect:
In the following example, we used the image of white board as background. We used subtle visual cues like – board markers, duster and hand drawn call outs to add to the effect:
4 Note paper effect:
Instead of using ‘no fill’ you can use ‘scribble texture’ for filling your columns. Take a look at this graph template for example:
5 Using hand drawn background:
If you don’t want to use chart backgrounds like black boards or note papers, you can use any hand drawn image as slide background. Here we used a hand drawn world map as background:
Thus, you can create some remarkable hand drawn data slides by following the simple tricks shown in this article.
You can create these effects using the tools available in PowerPoint, or save time and effort by downloading ready to use templates. The Visual Graphs Pack for PowerPoint has 320+ such creative data driven templates. You just and paste the templates, add in your data and your slide is ready. Click on the image below to browse through the templates and learn more: