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12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Eyedropper Option in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although PowerPoint allows you to choose almost any color you want, it is often difficult to choose the same color for text as the grass or the sky in a picture on the same slide! PowerPoint 2016's Eyedropper option enables you to pick an exact color from anywhere, sometimes even from somewhere outside PowerPoint! Even better, when you are picking up the color from a source, you get to see the


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Transparency for Shape Fills in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape fills such as solid colors, gradients, pictures, and textures can have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a fill so that the slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Some fill options, such as pattern and slide background have no transparency options.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

No Fill in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After learning how to add different fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016, now it’s time to learn how to remove any fill from a shape so that your shape only has an outline without a fill. Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or the default fill may be different depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). Most of the time,


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

You have already learned how to add different fills for shapes. Just like the Pattern fill option, there is one more hidden shape fill option which you can't access from the Shape fill gallery -- yet this is one of those fantastic PowerPoint features that you have to use to believe! The Slide Background fill option is different from other shape fill options because instead of filling something


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Add Pattern Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Pattern fills for shapes are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes and checks. PowerPoint includes 48 patterns such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle and Zig Zag. Pattern fills for shapes are not included within the Shape fill drop-down gallery in PowerPoint 2016. But you can find this option buried within the Format Shape Task Pane. In this tutorial, we'll show you how


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Tiling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Tiling options are available when you add texture fills to shapes or even use a picture as a fill to a shape. Tiling can really make a difference to your shape fill -- just play around with the tiling options explained in this tutorial. Explore the Tiling options for Texture fills in PowerPoint 2016.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's fill options for shapes are extensive. The texture fills for shape incidentally are not too different from picture fills, other than the fact that they can be tiled. PowerPoint includes a built-in library of textures, and you can also import any picture, to be used as a texture. If you want to see a sample presentation showing texture fills in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Gradient Stops in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Once you add gradient fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016, you may want to make the gradient fill look a little different -- or even a whole lot different. Yes, you can use the More Gradients option to add different types of gradients as fills to the shapes but that only provides more gradient fill types, and does not let you customize the colors within the gradient. Learn how to work with


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

More Gradients in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Add a gradient fill to your shape, and you may run into limitations! For one, PowerPoint's default gradient options choose all the gradient colors for you, and all available gradients seem to be based on the same color family. While this sort of restraint does keep your slides looking consistent and aesthetic, they also prevent you from playing more with gradients. To play more, you must choose


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Add Gradient Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another. Although shapes filled with gradients look so incredible, make sure you choose the colors that form the gradient very carefully. PowePoint's basic gradients are all very useable since they just blend a basic color with white or black making the result lighter or darker. Learn to use


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Advanced Picture Fill Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

There is much more you can do to your picture fill for a shape -- you can play around with the parameters for transparency, tiling, etc. This tutorial covers these advanced options for picture fills in PowerPoint 2016. These extra options can help you if you want your picture fill to stand apart and look out of the ordinary. Learn to use advanced options for Picture fills in PowerPoint 2016.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Add Picture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Picture fills may appear convincing or confusing depending upon the type of picture you use for the fill. Do remember that using a detailed or crowded picture as a fill for a small shape will get you no awards for slide design! It is best to use pictures that have one focused object or are subtle in nature for this purpose. Any shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2016 can be provided with a


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Whenever a new shape is inserted on a slide in PowerPoint 2016, it is filled by default with a solid color (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). Other than a solid fill type, PowerPoint 2016 provides several more options that let you fill a shape with a picture, a gradient, a pattern, or a texture -- and we have explored these other fill options in our Fills


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you insert shapes within a PowerPoint slide, you will notice that all shapes you insert contain the same fill. Most of the time, the shapes may contain a solid color fill. Similarly, you may insert hundreds of shapes and they all have this same default fill -- have you ever wanted to change this fill to something else? Before we explore changing fills, it is important to understand that


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Textures are the "in" thing even in a world that looks so much at the new flat design concept -- and the reason is not difficult to understand. The right texture can add interest, and make your slide content look crafted. Learn how to use Texture fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes, checks, etc. PowerPoint includes 48 such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle, and Zigzag. This tutorial builds upon what you have already learned in the Format Slide Background tutorial and shows how you can use a Pattern fill for your slide background. Learn how to apply Pattern fills as Slide


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate and merge from one color to another -- they are sometimes also called fountain fills or blended fills in other programs. Other than applying gradients as shape fill, you can also apply Gradient fills to your Slide Background. However, make sure that the two or more colors that you use for your Gradient work well


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's Slide Backgrounds can be filled with a solid color, a gradient, a texture or a picture, or even one of PowerPoint's built-in patterns. We explored a generic walkthrough on changing the Slide Background in our Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This tutorial explores how you can use a solid color as the fill for your Slide Background -- solid color fills have the


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Pattern Fills for Text

PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you various text fill options like Solid Color fill, Picture fill, Gradient fill, Texture fill etc. Additionally, another fill option is available for your text -- this is the Pattern fill, and we will show you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the successful appearance of text filled with a Pattern depends upon certain factors


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Using Custom Textures as Fill for Text

When you consider using textures to fill up your text, you need not limit yourself to the default textures that PowerPoint offers. You can always explore some third party custom textures including our own Scribble Custom Textures that provide your text with an organic look, as if someone scribbled lines with a pencil to fill them! You can also try some more custom textures from our Ppted


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Texture Fills for Text

Although you can fill your text so that it appears textured within PowerPoint, the final result depends upon the texture you use for the fill, and how well it contrasts with the slide background. For reasons of readability, make sure that the texture used is not too crowded or even multicolored -- and as already stated, choose a texture that contrasts with your slide background. Learn how to


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Gradient Fills for Text

By default, all text that you add within PowerPoint may be filled up with a solid color. And while that's predictable and good, there are some other options that you may want to explore, especially for title text or anything that uses text in a larger point size. One alternative is text filled with a gradient -- this can look contemporary and classic, or even ghastly and gaudy! It all depends


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Picture Fills for Text

PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery provides you with plenty of text fill options which work similar to the fills for shapes within the Shape Fill gallery. However, a basic color fill is not the only option available for text fills in PowerPoint. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can use a picture as a fill for your selected text. Although picture fills can look awesome on text and make it


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Fills

Most of the time, text in PowerPoint is filled with either a black or a white solid fill, or any color that contrasts with the color of the slide background -- this color info is contained within the Theme applied to the presentation. There may be times when you want to change this default text fill to some other particular color. Or, perhaps you applied a WordArt Style to your text -- and you


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Gradient Stops

After adding gradient fills to shapes you may want to make some changes to the gradient fill. Or, you may want to change the colors comprising your gradient outlines. To do so, you must be familiar with gradient stops. A gradient stop is the point where a new color is introduced within the gradient blend. Unlike PowerPoint versions on Windows, PowerPoint 2011 for Mac does not really use the


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