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Create beautiful 3D network diagrams in PowerPoint

matt b IT Admin, Tutorials 14 Comments

Add some spice to your network diagrams

It’s hard for non-technical customers to comprehend something they don’t understand.  Through customer feedback last year, we realised that complex (and even basic) network diagrams created in Visio dumbfounded some of our customers.  We still create diagrams in Microsoft Visio© for network admin support purposes, but we also create visually appealing diagrams in PowerPoint for our customers.

Below you will find a quick guide to creating network diagrams in PowerPoint.  If you’re impatient, you can share and download the PowerPoint template (.pptx file) we’ve created for you.

1. Choose the rectangle tool

Choose the rectangle tool

2. Format > Share Effects > 3-D Rotation > Isometric Left Down
Format > Share Effects > 3-D Rotation > Isometric Left Down

3. Create a copy of the shape you have just created

Create a copy of the shape you have just created

4. Align the shapes bottom edges

Align the shapes bottom edges'

5. Copy the shape again and then the highlighted 3-D rotation shown in the image

Copy the shape again and then the highlighted 3-D rotation shown in the image

6. Resize the new shape until it fits snugly with the other two shapes

Resize the new shape until it fits snugly with the other two shapes

7. After you have correctly resized the new shape, select all and then group the shapes

After you have correctly resized the new shape, select all and then group the shapes

8. Select the group and choose to Format Shape

Select the group and choose to Format Shape

9. Fill options: Copy the options as shown in the image

Fill options: Copy the options as shown in the image

10. Line Color: Choose No line

Line Color: Choose No line

11. Create surrounding plastics by creating a new rectangle, 3-D rotation and then a relevant colour

Create surrounding plastics by creating a new rectangle, 3-D rotation and then a relevant colour

12. Right click > Format shape > 3-D Format. Adjust the Depth and Contour colour and depth and size parameters to suit

Right click > Format shape > 3-D Format.  Adjust the Depth and Contour colour and depth and size parameters to suit

13. Resize the shapes place towards the front of black box shapes as pictured

Resize the shapes place towards the front of black box shapes as pictured

14. To create the light effect – start by creating 4 rounded shapes

To create the light effect - start by creating 4 rounded shapes

15. Now play with the property settings to charge the look of the shape!

Now play with the property settings to charge the look of the shape!

16. Place the new shapes as shown

Place the new shapes as shown

17. Select all and group. This will make it easier to move the object

Select all and group.  This will make it easier to move the object

18. To add more depth, go to Format > Shape effects > Reflection > Tight reflection, touching

To add more depth, go to Format > Shape effects > Reflection > Tight reflection, touching

19. Finished product. Add a contrasting background to give even more depth

Finished product

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  1. Reid

    These look great, but I tried to download your template, but after tweeting – got an ajax error and cold not download.. Could you please send me the link? Thx R

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