Using the 2D and 3D directional shapes in Microsoft Visio to build a street map can be frustrating if you only use the shapes that are available in the template. This video explains how to get the best out of custom shapes and a personal stencil and why they are so useful

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Custom shapes

Creating custom shapes and adding them to your own stencil is a great way to speed up your drawings in Microsoft Visio. You may need to create several different stencil to cater for different template drawings and scaling issues, but once done you will find it well worth your while.

Stencils

It is a simple process to create new stencil, just select More Shapes and click on New stencil, name it and save it. To add shapes simply drag and drop them on to your stencil, remember to save the stencil. You will have to rename any shape that you add or create, simply double click on it and rename it.

Street Map

I find it useful to create groups of houses and road segments and then add them to my stencil. I achieve consistency of design and size doing it this way. There is nothing worse than shapes that are suppose to be the same appearing all over the place in terms of size and scale.

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