Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply the 3-D Rotation effect to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Among all the Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2013, the 3-D ones stand apart. For any of the 3-D effects to work, you must understand two important 3-D parameters -- these two parameters are 3-D Rotation and 3-D Depth. Although you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus you must first rotate your object and then add Depth -- Figure 1 below shows a shape that has a Bevel, thereafter you see a shape that adds a 3-D Rotation attribute followed by another shape that adds some 3-D Depth. We already covered the Bevel effect in a previous tutorial. In this tutorial, we will cover 3-D Rotation, and in the next tutorial, we will explore 3-D Depth.
Figure 1: Adding Rotation and Depth to a 3-D object
Additionally, Figure 2 below shows some shapes to which we have added 3-D Rotation attributes.
Figure 2: Sample 3-D Rotation attributes
To see a sample presentation containing 3-D Rotation effects in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply a 3-D Rotation effect to a shape which already has a Bevel effect applied:
Select the shape
so that the Ribbon area shows the Drawing Tools Format tab,
as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. Within the
Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Effects button
(highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
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.
- This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown
in Figure 4. From this gallery, choose the 3-D Rotation
option -- this bring up the 3-D Rotation sub-gallery
(refer to Figure 4 again).
Figure 4: 3-D Rotation sub-gallery within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery
The options within the 3-D Rotation sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 4, above.
- No Rotation: Use this option to remove 3-D Rotation
from the selected shape.
- Parallel: Includes ten variants that rotate the shape
in different angles.
- Perspective: Provides ten variants that rotate the shape,
and alter its rotation angle (perspective) from where you view the shape, so that
farther edges appear smaller than nearer edges.
- Oblique: There are four variants that apply a very subtle
rotation, almost as if a 2-D object is in a semi-3-D space.
- 3-D Rotation Options: Brings up 3-D Rotation
section within the Format Shape pane where you can customize
3-D Rotation Options further. This has been explained in detail in our
Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- No Rotation: Use this option to remove 3-D Rotation from the selected shape.
- Move the cursor over any of the effects within the 3-D Rotation
sub-gallery to see a live preview
of the effect. Click on any effect to apply it to the selected shape. In
Figure 5 you can see that a 3-D rotation effect has been applied
to the previously selected shape.
Figure 5: 3-D Rotation effect applied to a Rectangle with previously applied 3-D effects
Tip: Place your shape in the area that is not covered by the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 5 above, so that you can see the live preview.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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