In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create 3D spinning objects in PowerPoint.
And the cool thing about this trick is that it’s one of those “you can’t believe it was done in PowerPoint” tricks (as you can see below).
If instead of creating a 3D shape, you want to create a 3D picture effect, see my guide here.
[Watch] Creating a 3D Shape in PowerPoint
Part #1: Create a 3D object
For this animation tutorial I’ll make a rotating cube, so on a blank slide (I’m using a slide with a blue gradient background color), insert a rectangle (or other shape / object of your choice) and format it anyway that you like.
For this tutorial, I’ll use this purple square.
To make your object 3D, right-click the object and from the right-click menu select Format Shape.
Within the format shape dialog box open, select 3D rotation, and add 20 degrees for the X and 20 degrees for the right so that you can see the depth of the shape.
With the dialog box still open, navigate to the 3D Format section on the left side of the dialog box, change the color of the depth to something darker (I’ve chosen a dark purple), make the shape Depth on the right 200 points and then close the dialog box.
The resulting shape for this animation tutorial is not a perfect cube, but it is good enough to demonstrate how to create a 3D rotation animation.