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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:

  1. 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 this case.

    Shape is selected within Gear SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Shape is selected within Gear SmartArt graphic

  2. 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 Format tab.

    SmartArt Tools Format tab selected in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Format tab selected

  3. 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.

    Shape Styles group
    Figure 3: Shape Styles group

    All the fill, line, and effect options for SmartArt graphic are explained below:

    1. 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.

      Shape Fill gallery
      Figure 4: Shape Fill gallery

    2. Shape Outline: Select this option to view the Shape Outline drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 5. Learn more about Shape Outlines here.

      Shape Outline gallery
      Figure 5: Shape Outline gallery

    3. Shape Effects: Click to open the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 6. Learn more about Shape Effects here.

      Shape Effects gallery
      Figure 6: Shape Effects gallery

    4. 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 7. Learn more about Shape Styles here.

      Shape Styles drop-down gallery
      Figure 7: Shape Styles drop-down gallery

  4. Figure 8 shows different fills, outlines, and effects applied to individual shapes of the Gear SmartArt graphic variant.

    Different fills, outlines, and effect applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic
    Figure 8: Different fills, outlines, and effect applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic

See Also:

Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

 

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