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If you’ve ever wondered how to convert text to paths or vectors in Visio, then this article is for you–although the solution might not be what you expected!
You might have seen this poster around town, on the internet, or decorating a colleague’s belly. More likely you’ve seen a humorous variation–it seems to have developed into quite the meme as of late.
Maybe you …
Visio is a 2D drawing and diagramming application that doesn’t support 3D modeling functions. But if you like to draw and aren’t afraid of advanced functionality, you can create some decent affects and save the …
Show the full range of human emotion with just a few clicks of this Visio “smart face” SmartShape!
Add cool titles to your documents with this repeating shape that encases text characters in individual diamonds.
Download a HAL 9000 Visio shape. This glowing eyeball is shiny and cool looking, and can be put to many different diagramming uses!
Update Nov. 25th, 2016: The most “important” Apple Cup in a long, long time. 5th ranked Washington vs. #23 Washington State. WHOA NELLY!
The Seattle Seahawks logo is used to illustrate how Visio SmartShape behavior can make cool graphics easy to use and infinitely more useful.
The frenzied launch of Apple’s sadly-named iPad really highlights how big touch-based user interfaces are these days. If you are a UX designer or are working out user interfaces, then you’ll need to include touch …
Web designers and AI folks need to know what colors they are using. And they need to know precisely.
Bright red, Fuchsia and Mauve just won’t do. They need exacting names like: #FF0000, #FF00FF and #E0B0FF.
In this Visio Tutorial, you’ll learn how to use drawing tools to create a 3D effect of an arrow poking through a 3D plane!
Learn two methods for creating sophisticated fill patterns for your Visio shapes!
A rainbow spectrum can really liven-up a diagram and clarify a point that you are trying to make.
Whether you are trying to illustrate a broad band of choices or options, talking about a range of …
We want word clouds too! Here’s a first step towards getting them in Visio.
Get a cool, free Visio stencil full of people, office and document shapes for illustrating your ux research plan and process.
The other day, I visited one of my favorite coffee houses in Munich: Aran. While sipping my mocha, the logo on the cup gave me the idea for a Visio SmartShape:
A title shape that automatically …
Download classic and glitzy versions of the Pittsburgh Steelers classic logo, in Visio format.
Download a Visio SmartShape that allows you to mask/clip your drawings and diagrams. You can temporarily highlight just a particular portion of the drawing without being distracted by the rest of the details.
Download this free hexagonal pattern for Visio, and learn about creating your own Visio custom fill patterns.
Create charts and graphs that have a hand-drawn look using this interesting set of Visio SmartShapes!
We’ve created sixteen Visio shapes that combine individual country-outlines with corresponding national flags. Whether you are sprucing up an Euro Cup 2008 related diagram, or creating other geographically related diagrams, be sure and get these shapes!
Download this super-smart Word Balloon shape and make your Visio diagrams literally speak to your audience.
Visio doesn’t have an option to resize shapes such that they remain on-center. But the free shapes in this article do!
Make your Visio shapes and diagrams glisten and shine with these flare and highlight shapes. Bling! Bling!
Learn how to create see-through, shiny glass effects using basic, end-user features of Visio!
Learn how to apply four colors to a single shape, make use of advanced gradient and transparency techniques, and download a shape that does it all!
Follow links to two excellent articles about creating your own Visio Custom Line Patterns, as well as download some fun patterns created just for you!
Download this improved version of the circular text generator and make your text go in circles.
Learn how to create interesting visual effects while uncovering the capabilities of Visio’s ShapeSheet and the Smart Shapes it enables you to create. This article shows you how to create a wintry scene with Smart Trees that fade into the distance as you reduce their size.
Finally, you can add text to a circle inside of Visio! This is first version of a series of tools to help you get your Visio text out-of-line!