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How to create Icons in PowerPoint

GPS Icon

Think sometimes you need an icon to be pasted or used somewhere that is not available in your system. In such cases, it is better to Create your own Icon using PowerPoint tools. It is much easier than it seems.

Imagine the number of possibilities that you can unlock by using this tool to create any kinds of icons that you need!

Let us take an example to illustrate how we can create an icon using the tools provided by PowerPoint.

We are going to create a GPS Icon in the following steps!
Break it up into smaller elements that are identifiable individually

Step 1: Decide what you want to draw. Break it up into smaller elements that are identifiable individually. You can do this separately on a paper to be able to execute it here easily.

Insert those elements one by one next to each other by clicking Insert -> Shapes

A drop-down list of symbols appears, like this.

Select which elements you want to add to your PowerPoint slide, and place them on the slide, one by one, randomly.
You can make changes to the color, size, outline and various other

Step 2: You can make changes to the color, size, outline and various other things with each element. There are lots of options given.

Make each element of the icon just the way you want it to look in the icon.
the break up of a GPS Icon has the elements that look like this

In this case, the break up of a GPS Icon has the elements that look like this.

Now we need to bring these elements together, well aligned to the center, in conjunction with each other so that our icon of a GPS is complete.
Drag the different elements to their respective places

Step 3: Drag the different elements to their respective places. Keep in mind their alignment. It is shown by vertical and horizontal lines running across your elements.

Repeat one by one till all your elements come in place.

Now, select each element in the icon. Starting from the biggest one then moving to the smaller ones, select every element in the icon. You may need to overlap some shapes or subtract one from another to achieve the best look.
Now that all the elements are together, right click on the image.

Step 4: Now that all the elements are together, right click on the image. There are a few options about what can be done with the image.

Click on Group -> Group. Now all the elements from your icon have become one. Now they will move as a single object.

Note: Grouping is different from Merging, merging will result in the fusing together of the same colors into one. This will not work if the colors of the elements are different. In such case, the elements can be subtracted from the rest of the image.

TIP 1: As these elements have been grouped, they can be ungrouped as well; or a partial selection can make a few elements being grouped together.

after grouping the elements together, our icon is ready

Finally, after grouping the elements together, our icon is ready.

To save it as a picture, Right click on the picture, select Save as Picture.

You may save it as an icon file and use it further.

TIP 2: Do not stop here. Explore various designs, lots of colors, try different styles of Merging the images together.