Are your PowerPoint pie charts looking a little tired and stale? Is it time to make your pie chart data stand out? We’ve seen the same basic pie chart design since Office 97.
In PowerPoint 2007, there are many new shape effects that can help you to produce Photoshop-like results. One such effect is the bevel effect. When you use it in combination with your pie charts you can really add some zing to your PowerPoint presentations.
Introducing the Beveled-Edge Pie Chart
The bevel effect is a new shape effect in PowerPoint 2007. When I first saw it used on a PowerPoint pie chart, I honestly thought the chart was produced by a graphic designer in Photoshop. The effect produces an attractive, clean-looking pie chart that almost looks like plastic — much different from the kindergarten construction paper-looking pie charts found in pre-PowerPoint 2007 slides.
How to Apply the Bevel Effect to a Pie Chart
Once you have created your pie chart, make sure that you have the entire pie chart selected — not just a slice of the pie chart. On the Format tab of the Ribbon, select Shape Effects > Bevel > 3-D Options. In the subsequent Format Data Series window, select the 3-D Format and then adjust the top width and height. In the example above, I used 14 pt for both the top width and height.
Remember if there are more than 4-5 slices on your pie chart, a bar chart may be a better solution. Powerpoint ninjas are all over any Photoshop-like effect that can be accomplished in PowerPoint. Get ready to serve up your next PowerPoint 2007 pie charts hot and fresh with this beveled effect trick.