Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply the Glow effect in PowerPoint 2013 that adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
The next PowerPoint effect for shapes that we will explore is the Glow effect.
This effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. This is an Outer Glow surrounding
the shape, as you can see in the samples within Figure 1, below -- and not an Inner
Glow effect. You can choose from various glow colors such as
Theme colors or even any other color of your choice to
match the look of the slide content.
Figure 1: Glow sample effects
To see a sample presentation containing Glow effects in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply the glow effect to a shape:
Select the shape
so that the Ribbon area shows the Drawing Tools Format tab,
as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. Within the
Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Effects button
(highlighted in blue within Figure 2).
Figure 2: 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 3. From this gallery, choose the
Glow option -- this bring up the Glow
sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Glow sub-gallery within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery
The options within the Glow sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above.
- No Glow: Use this option if the shape has a glow applied
which you want to remove.
- Glow Variations: Provides several glow variations based
on color and spread:
Color: The six color variations are based on the six accent colors of the active Theme -- learn more about Themes.
Spread: There are four glow width (spread) variations available.
- More Glow Colors: Opens color swatches so that you can choose
more colors for glow. If you want more information on this option, look at our
Colors in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Glow Options: If you want to make further changes to the
color or the spread of the glow, choose this option. You can learn more about
these options in our
Effect Options in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- No Glow: Use this option if the shape has a glow applied which you want to remove.
- Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Glow
sub-gallery to see a
live preview of the effect.
Click on any effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 4
you can see that a glow effect has been applied to the previously selected shape.
Figure 4: Glow effect applied to a Rectangle
Tip: Place your shape in the area that is not covered by the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 4 above, so that you can see the live preview.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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