Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
Date Created: April 12th 2011
Last Updated: April 12th 2011
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn about fill, line, and effect options for shapes within SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010.
Once a SmartArt graphic is inserted within PowerPoint 2010, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic -- this applies new colors to the entire SmartArt graphic including the various shapes it contains. However there may be times when you want one of the shapes to be colored differently -- in this tutorial we'll explore the fill, line, and effect options which can be applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010:
- Select any individual shape within your existing SmartArt graphic, as
shown in Figure
1. As you can see, one of the gear shapes has been selected in
Figure 1: Shape is selected within Gear SmartArt graphic
- This will activate two contextual SmartArt Tools tabs
on the Ribbon:
these are the SmartArt Tools
Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs
(highlighted in red in Figure
2). Select the SmartArt Tools
Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Format tab selected
- Within the SmartArt Tools
Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group (see Figure
3). Here you'll find all the fill, line, and effect options
for individual SmartArt shapes.
Figure 3: Shape Styles group
All the fill, line, and effect options for SmartArt graphic are explained below:
Fill: Select this option to view
the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4. Learn
more about Shape Fills here.
Figure 4: Shape Fill gallery
- Shape Outline: Select this option to view
the Shape Outline drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure
more about Shape Outlines here.
Figure 5: Shape Outline gallery
- Shape Effects: Click to open the Shape Effects
drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 6. Learn
more about Shape Effects here.
Figure 6: Shape Effects gallery
- Shape Styles: Click the downward pointing
arrow (highlighted in red in Figure 3 above) to bring
up the Shape Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure
more about Shape Styles here.
Figure 7: Shape Styles drop-down gallery
- Shape Fill: Select this option to view the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4. Learn more about Shape Fills here.
- Figure 8 shows different fills, outlines, and effects
applied to individual shapes of the Gear SmartArt graphic variant.
Figure 8: Different fills, outlines, and effect applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic
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