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12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Artistic Effects for Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint is a slide program but that doesn't mean that it does not have some cool picture editing tricks up its sleeve. When we say "cool", we certainly do not mean just inserting a picture, or even the fact that you can apply corrections or recolor hues. PowerPoint 2013 provides around 23 filters as part of its Artistic Effects options. Some of these filters (effects) can make your pictures


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Advanced Text Transforms

Working on a presentation creating slides that can attract attention is always a challenge. This is more challenging when you want to draw attention to a motto, a slogan or an axiom. To make such text stand apart, it is easy to apply text transform effects to your selected text. Apart from using presets, you can go further and tweak any of the presets to make your own distinctive Transform


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Transforms

Have you ever tried your text to fit along the edge of a circle, or even within a circle? Or on a curved path -- or even as a roller coaster? Most of the time, you need not play as much with words but sometimes if you want to create a quick logo, or even an easy graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform tools for text very useful. Transform is a special stylizing option available in


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Effects

Among the options for stylizing text in PowerPoint, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines. You have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. But there's more you can do with text! Let us now learn how to apply and edit various text effects like Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text. Learn about various Text Effects


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Change the Default Shape Attributes

When you insert a new shape on a slide in PowerPoint 2013 (or in any previous version), by default it is filled with a solid color and an outline (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). For example in a new blank presentation that we created, the shape is by default filled with a blue solid fill and has a thin dark blue outline. Whenever we insert another new


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Styles

PowerPoint's fill, line, and effect attributes enable you to customize the look of shapes and other slide objects in your presentation. However, it may take ages to get that perfect color coordination and even after spending time the final look may not match the Theme of the presentation. So as an awesome alternative to end up with a coordinated color combination for the slide objects in your


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: 3-D Format Options

3-D Options in PowerPoint 2013 enable you to format the bevel style of a shape with many more options than those available in the conventional Bevel gallery. And when we say more, we actually mean a whole lot more! You can customize 3-D options such as contour, contour color, depth, depth color, materials, and lighting -- almost like a full blown 3-D program. In this detailed tutorial, you will


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply 3-D Depth to Shapes

Depth in PowerPoint 2013 plays a very important role when you are working with 3-D objects. Depth is the distance from the top or surface of something to its bottom. For example, even though you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus although you can first rotate your object, you must thereafter add Depth -- and that's what we


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: 3-D Rotation Options For Shapes

PowerPoint 2013's 3-D options that allow you to rotate or bevel shapes are surprisingly powerful. In fact, some of these options are good enough to be compared to a basic 3-D program! While you can always apply a 3-D Rotation preset effect to a shape, you can actually rotate your shape in 3-D space on your own by altering the X, Y, and Z position coordinates. This tutorial explains these extra


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply 3-D Rotation Effects

Among all the Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2013, the 3-D ones stand apart. For any of the 3-D effects to work, you must understand two important 3-D parameters -- these two parameters are 3-D Rotation and 3-D Depth. Although you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus you must first rotate your object and then add Depth. We


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply Bevel Effects to Shapes

By default, the PowerPoint shapes that you insert on your slide are flat and two-dimensional. And this indeed works well most of the time. Yet, there are opportunities and situations that may benefit from a three dimensional graphic. It is times like these that you can apply plethora of Shape Effects that PowerPoint provides, or just use the Bevel shape effect that makes it stand apart by


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Advanced Soft Edges Options

The Soft Edges effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. PowerPoint 2013 does provide you with some ready-to-use Soft Edges but you may want to edit the applied Soft Edges effect to be less or more pronounced. Whatever your reasons for customization, you can certainly edit the properties for the Soft Edges effect -- for instance, you can change the soft edge size parameter,


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply Soft Edges to Shapes

Among the various shape effects available within PowerPoint 2013, probably the most subtle one is the Soft Edges effect. This effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. Soft Edges work best with larger shapes, especially if you use some of the larger Soft Edge variations available. PowerPoint provides some ready-to-use Soft Edges. Learn how to apply Soft Edge effects to


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Advanced Glow Options

Applying a Glow effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time. Especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors -- so if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and change the glow color, alter the spread or transparency, etc.


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: More Glow Colors

A Glow effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area -- and by default, the Glow colors emanate from the active Theme. These default Glow colors works most of time but of course, you can change the Glow color to something entirely different. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can change this Glow color to any color you want. Learn how to change the Glow effect's color


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Glow Effects for Shapes

The next PowerPoint effect for shapes that we will explore is the Glow effect. This effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. This is an Outer Glow surrounding the shape -- and not an Inner Glow effect. You can choose from various glow colors such as Theme colors or even any other color of your choice to match the look of the slide content. Learn how to apply the Glow


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Advanced Reflection Options

The Reflection effects that PowerPoint 2013 provides can be applied with a single click, and can indeed do wonders for your shapes. However, too much of anything cannot be good and if you get too carried away by the swanky looking reflections, you may end up distracting your audiences. Most of PowerPoint's reflection presets are attractive, and somewhat distracting. Still, you can tone down the


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes

Apply any of the various effects in PowerPoint, and your shapes may stand out -- literally out of the slide! In this series on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2013, we have explored several effect types. On this page, you will learn how you can quickly add a convincing Reflection effect to a shape. While this tutorial pertains to shapes, there's no reason why you cannot use the same Reflection


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Advanced Shadow Effect Options

The shadow effect in PowerPoint adds more depth to your selected shape -- and you may get the perfect shadow effect the very first time you use PowerPoint's default shadow options. However, you may want that shadow to be a wee bit longer, or just a little less pronounced. Or maybe you want the shadow to sport a color that's different. Fortunately, these shadow effects are quite easy to achieve.


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes

PowerPoint’s effects are used to enhance the look of your shapes -- and with PowerPoint 2013 providing a vast repertoire of effects, you can easily get busy playing with all the options available! To save time, you can apply any of the Preset shape effects. If you choose to apply individual effects, the time involved may be more but the results can be distinctive. For example, even with


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply Preset Effects to Shapes

PowerPoint 2013 provides six types of Shape Effects -- and more than one of these effects can be applied to a selected shape. It goes without saying that some combinations of these effects look better than others -- the restraint to not go overboard is always a good thing. On the other hand, trying out all the effect combinations may take a lot of time -- fortunately, the Presets option comes


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Effects

So what are effects? Effects are different than fills and outlines -- with the plethora of effects available in PowerPoint, you can make a shape stand apart with a drop shadow. Other effects allow you to create convincing reflections, spreading glows, 3D bevel effects, and even moth-eaten soft edges. Even better, all these effects are not destructible and can be turned on and off at your will.


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Text Effects

Among the options for stylizing text in PowerPoint, you have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines. You have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. Now let us learn how to apply and edit various text effects like Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text. Follow these steps to explore more. Learn about various Text Effects available


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Advanced Text Transforms

Creating slides that can attract attention is always a challenge -- and every trick you can use to make your content more interesting is welcome. You have already learned how to apply text transform effects to your selected text. In addition to the available presets, you can go further and tweak any of the presets to make your own distinctive transform effect. In this tutorial you'll learn how


12/02/2016 10:10 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Text Transforms

Have you ever tried your text to fit along the edge of a circle, or even within a circle? Or on a curved path -- or even as a roller coaster? Most of the time, you need not play as much with words but sometimes if you want to create a quick logo, or even an easy graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform tools for text very useful. Transform is a special stylizing option available in


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