By: Sandra Johnson
Date Created: May 24th 2007
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009
Johnson (pictured to the left) has devoted the
past 6 years of her career to PowerPoint presentation
design and delivery. Sandra helps clients leverage this
powerful Microsoft tool as a sophisticated and dynamic
component of their marketing mix. As a marketing communications
veteran, she lends her 25+ marketing communications expertise,
strategic approach and design sense to Fortune 500 clients,
physicians, attorneys and other public speakers across
Very importantly, she works with high school and college students to develop the fundamentals of good PowerPoint design and presentation skills. Sandra is a frequent contributor to the Microsoft Office PowerPoint discussion group. More information can be found at her website...
Although it's easy to add reflection effects in PowerPoint 2007, there is a less obvious way of recreating a similar reflection effect in earlier versions of PowerPoint as well. This tutorial will provide the steps to recreate a reflection effect using Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 or 2003. Download the sample presentation here...
- Create a background of three separate gray boxes covering the
entire slide area, as shown in Figure 1. A slight
overlap between the boxes will work fine.
Figure 1: The slide is covered with three rectangle boxes that have no line attribute -- this gives an illusion of a merged, graduated slide background.
Follow these guidelines to format the boxes (numbered in Figure 1 above).
- Box 1: This box covers
more than the upper half of the slide area -- select
the box and choose Format | AutoShape. In this dialog box,
access the Fill Color dropdown list, and choose More Colors
(see Figure 2). This brings up the Color dialog
box -- select the Custom tab (see Figure
3), and fill
with RGB gray values of 77, 77, 77. Click OK to get back to
the Format AutoShape dialog box and set Line Color to No Line.
Figure 2: The Format AutoShape dialog box
Figure 3: Fill the box with gray
- Box 2: This box
covers around two thirds of the remaining slide area. In
the Format Autoshape dialog box (refer to Figure
2), access the Color Fill dropdown list,
and choose Fill Effects to summon the multi-tabbed dialog box
that you see in Figure 4. Make sure that the
Gradient tab is selected.
Choose the Two colors option, and set the two color values to:
Color 1: RGB gray 77, 77, 77.
Color 2: RGB gray 128, 128, 128.
Choose the Horizontal shading style with the Variants placing the 128 gray at the bottom (see Figure 4). Again, back in the Format AutoShape dialog box, set the Fill Line to No Line attribute.
- Box 3: This covers
the remaining slide area -- fill with a RGB gray value
of 128, 128, 128, and no line just the way you did with Box
Figure 4: Box 2 is filled with a gradient.
In this tutorial, we are not using borders (lines) anywhere -- so set all line values to No Line.
Figure 5: Insert a rectangle box
Figure 6: Insert a picture within the rectangle.
Figure 7: The reflected picture below the original one.
Figure 8: Reduce the transparency of the mirror picture.
- Select the Two Colors option, and
set both the colors to RGB values of 128, 128, 128.
- Select Transparency, and add
values of From 45% and To 0%.
Shading Styles, select Horizontal, and under
Variants, select the top left variant.
Figure 9: The resulting reflection.