Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply Reflection effects to selected shape(s) in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Apply any of the various effects in PowerPoint, and your shapes may stand out -- literally out of
the slide! In this series on
in PowerPoint 2013, we have explored several effect types. On this page, you will learn how you
can quickly add a convincing Reflection effect to a shape. While this tutorial pertains
to shapes, there's no reason why you cannot use the same Reflection effects on other slide objects.
Reflection applies a blurred, semi-transparent duplication of the original object -- in the same way as
you may have seen reflection on water or glass -- look at Figure1 where we have a few
sample Reflection effects applied to shapes.
Figure 1: Reflection effects applied to shapes
To see a sample presentation containing Reflection effects in PowerPoint 2013, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply reflection effects 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
Reflection option -- this brings up the Reflection
sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Reflection sub-gallery within Shape Effects drop-down gallery
The options within the Reflection sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above.
- No Reflection: Use this option to remove reflection
from a selected shape.
- Reflection Variations: You can choose any of nine default
reflection styles available. All variations can be seen in Figure 3, above -
use these variations.
- Reflection Options: If you want more control on reflection,
then choose this option. Look at our
Reflection Options in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial to know more about this option.
- No Reflection: Use this option to remove reflection from a selected shape.
- Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Reflection
sub-gallery to see a
live preview of the
effect on the shape. Click on an effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 4 below
you can see a reflection effect applied to the previously selected shape.
Figure 4: Reflection effect applied to a Rectangle shape
Tip: Place your shape in the area that is not covered by the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 4, so that you can see the live preview.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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