Add Gradient Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add a Gradient fill to a selected shape in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
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, as shown in Figure 1,
Figure 1: Basic gradient fills for shapes
These lighter or darker gradients work well all the time. However when you start customizing your gradients, you could end up with gaudy gradients that make your slides look bad and also affect readability of any text within your shape -- we only look at custom gradients within our More Gradients in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
Scroll down this page to see a sample presentation that contains shapes with gradient fills. Then follow these steps to change or apply a basic gradient fill to a shape PowerPoint 2013:
Open your presentation and select the shape that you want to fill with a gradient.
Alternatively, if you want to start from scratch, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- you can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank. Then, insert a shape and select it.
- We selected a Heart shape, as shown in Figure 2.
Selecting the shape brings up the Drawing Tools Format tab in the
shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: Heart shape within Shapes drop-down gallery
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Fill
button as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
This bring up the Shape Fill drop-down gallery, shown in
Figure 3. Within the Shape Fill drop-down gallery,
choose the Gradient option to bring up the Gradient sub-gallery,
as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Gradient sub-gallery within the Shape Fill drop-down gallery
Within the Gradient sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 above) you'll see gradient variations based on the Theme applied to the open presentation or slides. The options within the Gradient sub-gallery are explained below:
- No Gradient: Changes the fill to just a solid color. This is the option you can use if
you already have a shape with a gradient fill that you want to restore to a shape with a
- Light Variations: In this option gradients are formed in various
directions with the default color merged with white or a light color. These color are
based on the active Theme.
- Dark Variations: In this variation gradients are formed in various
directions with the default color merged with black or a dark color. This default color
is based on the active Theme.
- More Gradients: This option allows you to create your own
gradients -- look at our
Gradients page to learn more.
- No Gradient: Changes the fill to just a solid color. This is the option you can use if you already have a shape with a gradient fill that you want to restore to a shape with a solid fill.
- Click on the gradient type you want to use as a fill for your selected shape
from the Gradient sub-gallery. Figure 4 shows the
shape with a light variation gradient fill.
Figure 4: Shape with gradient fill
- Once you are done, save your presentation.
Sample Presentation of Gradient Fill in Shape.
Click above to view this presentation on SlideShare
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