Sketchy or wriggly lines in Icons and SVG graphics

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Office Icons and other SVG graphics can change a lot with Sketchy lines.

Sketchy lines is the new ‘hand-drawn’ line option available in Office 365 for Windows or Mac.  It lets you change those somewhat stuffy and formal icons into something more casual and hand-drawn.

Icons are an Office 365 feature to add scalable graphics into Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.

They are SVG graphics, an open format.

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Icons/SVG to Shape

Using Sketchy lines in icons and SVG needs a nifty trick in Office converting Icons and other SVG’s into the Office Shape format.

As Office Shapes, a wider range of editing options are available including the new Sketchy line option.

Sketchy lines doesn’t just work for lines as shown above. It changes the outline of solid icons or silhouettes. Here’s an example using the Cow icon (the original is bottom right). Compare the tail and top in each of the virtual bovines.

The sketchy edged cows look more hand-drawn and casual than the iconic (!) original.

Converting SVG into JPG, PNG or other raster image format

Make simple changes to SVG graphics

Edit options for SVG Icons in Office 365/2019

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