A Venn dia­gram can be a great way to explain a busi­ness concept. This is gen­er­ally not dif­fi­cult to cre­ate in mod­ern present­a­tion soft­ware. I often use Google Slides for its col­lab­or­a­tion abilities.

Where it becomes dif­fi­cult is when you want to add a unique colour/​pattern to an inter­sec­tion, where the circles over­lap. Gen­er­ally you will either get one circle over­lap­ping anoth­er, or if you set some trans­par­ency then the inter­sec­tion will become a blend of the col­ours of the circles.

I could not work out how to do this in Google Slides, so on this occa­sion I cheated and did it in Microsoft Power­Point instead. I then impor­ted the res­ult­ing slide into Slides.

This worked for me in Power­Point for Mac 2016. The pro­cess is prob­ably the same on Windows.

Firstly, create a SmartArt Venn Diagram

Insert > Smar­tArt > Rela­tion­ship > Basic Venn

Separate the Venn circles

Smar­tArt Design > Con­vert > Con­vert to Shapes

Ungroup shapes

Shape Format > Group Objects > Ungroup

Split out the intersections

Shape Format > Merge Shapes > Fragment

From there, you can select the inter­sec­tion as an inde­pend­ent shape. You can treat each piece sep­ar­ately. Try giv­ing them dif­fer­ent col­ours or even mov­ing them apart.

This can be a simple but impact­ful way to get your point across.

How to Create a Venn Diagram with Independent Intersections in PowerPoint / Sridhar Dhanapalan by Sridhar Dhanapalan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.
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