Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply Preset effects to shape(s) in PowerPoint 2013.
Author : Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint 2013 provides six types of
-- and more than one of these effects can be applied to a selected shape. It goes without saying that
some combinations of these effects look better than others -- the restraint to not go overboard is
always a good thing. On the other hand, trying out all the effect combinations may take a lot of time
-- fortunately, the Presets option comes to your rescue. This option lets you use
pre-combined combinations of the different effects -- these work well almost always.
Figure 1, below shows some Preset effects applied to the same shape.
Figure 1: Preset effects
To see a sample presentation containing Preset effects in PowerPoint 2013, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply a Preset effect to a shape:
Open your presentation and select the shape that you want to format.
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 option. Then, insert a shape and select it.
- We selected a Rectangle shape, as shown in Figure 2. Selecting the
shape brings up the Drawing Tools Format tab in the
Ribbon, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on
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.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Effects
button (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Shape Effects button
- This bring up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in
Figure 4. In this gallery, select the Preset option to bring up
the Preset sub-gallery (refer to Figure 4 again).
Figure 4: Preset sub-gallery
The options within the Preset sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 4, above. You'll need to choose any one of these options for the effects:
- No Presets: This is the option you can use to remove an existing preset effect that's already applied to a
- Presets: There are twelve preset effects which can be applied to a selected shape.
All these presets are combinations of the other six effect types that PowerPoint provides:
- 3-D Options: This option takes you to the Effects tab of the
Format Shape Task Pane -- this is
something that is covered as part of our Bevel and
3-D Options tutorial.
- No Presets: This is the option you can use to remove an existing preset effect that's already applied to a shape.
- Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Preset gallery to see a
live preview of the
effect. Click on the effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 5 you
can see the previously selected Rectangle shape applied with a Preset effect.
Figure 5: Shape with applied Preset effect
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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