How to Make an Awesome Paper Tear Effect on PowerPoint

How to Make an Awesome Paper Tear Effect on PowerPoint

By Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah | PowerPoint Tutorials

Jun 13

In this week’s tutorial, we’re going to make a cool looking paper tear effect on PowerPoint.

WHAT IS IT?

It is what it is!

A paper tear effect grants us the illusion that the paper is torn and placed on the PowerPoint slide. We achieved this effect through the use of color, shapes, shadow and positioning. We also played around with different effects on PowerPoint to achieve the desired effect.

The beauty of this, though, is that this shape is 100% scalable, meaning you can make big, small, wide or thin tears simply by resizing.

IS IT EASY TO MAKE?

Super easy to make.

WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER MAKING THIS SLIDE FOR MY POWERPOINT DECK/PRESENTATION?

Usually, you want to make a paper tear effect on PowerPoint if you want to achieve one of the following:

  • When you want to provide a specific quote from a document, book, or whitepaper, and point attention to it (through the highlights).
  • When you want to provide a specific selection of text from a document, book, or whitepaper, and point attention it it (through the highlights).
WHAT WILL THIS POWERPOINT TUTORIAL COVER?

This PowerPoint tutorial will teach us how to:

  • Create a 100% scalable paper tear effect through two PowerPoint methods: the scribble method and the triangle method (spoiler alert: I recommend the triangle method for PowerPoint).
  • Use the ‘Merge Shapes’ PowerPoint features effectively, specifically the ‘Subtract’ feature.
  • Create a stunning shadow effect using the ‘Shadow’ and ‘Soft Edges’ PowerPoint options.
  • Create a highlight effect for your text on PowerPoint.
  • Take advantage of white space within our PowerPoint slide so that it is clear and concise through key positioning.
KEY TIP

Just remember that you can use the shape to create the paper tear effect more than once, for any side of the rectangle that you want.

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About the Author

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.

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