Using SmartArt in PowerPointSmartArt can be added on a slide from the Insert menu, or you can convert existing text to SmartArt. Here is an example of converting existing bulleted text to a nice visual design:
1. Right-click on some text
2. Select Convert to SmartArt
4. In this example I chose the Picture Strips diagram
Some of the SmartArt designs include placeholders for photos or graphics. In this example, double-click on one of the placeholder boxes to add a photo.
SmartArt Design Toolbar
Change the layout. If you want to change the graphic to something else, just click the drop down arrow to view more layouts.
Change colors. If you are using an Extension template, it will include Extension’s color palette.
Change styles. If you want to change the default style, click the down arrow in the SmartArt Styles section of the ribbon to view all of the available styles for your layout.
SmartArt can be cheesy and over-done so use your best judgement and don't go crazy, especially with the 3D styles and non-Extension colors. It's a quick way to transform your wordy slides into visuals. Here is the before/after of my example: