Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to make changes to the Glow effect applied to shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author : Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that
the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time. Especially since the default glow
options are limited only to
-- so if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and
change the glow
color, alter the spread or transparency, etc. In Figure 1, below you can see how
changes made to the Glow effect's spread and transparency can help you end up with some cool, surreal
Figure 1: Do more with Glow effects
In this tutorial, you'll learn to access the advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2013, which makes all these changes doable:
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: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextualtab. 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 you can see in
Figure 3. Within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery choose
Glow, and then choose Glow Options from the sub-gallery, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Glow Options within the Glow sub-gallery
- This opens the Format Shape
Task Pane with the
Effects tab selected (highlighted in red within
Figure 4). Within the Format Shape task pane you'll find all the
options you need within the Glow section (highlighted in
blue within Figure 4) .
Figure 4: Glow Options within Format Shape Task Pane
Glow options within the Format Shape task pane are explained below, as marked in Figure 4, above:
- Presets: Click the down-arrow next to the icon, which brings up a gallery similar
to what you see in Figure 3 above. To learn more see our
Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Color: Allows you to change the glow color. Click the Color button
to access a fly out menu (see Figure 5). Here you can choose any color for the glow.
If you want some more explanation about options under Color menu, you can go to the
Colors in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
Figure 5: Glow color options
- Size: Use the slider or enter the glow size value in percentages to increase or
decrease the size (spread) of the glow.
- Transparency: Allows you to alter the transparency of the glow. You can use the
slider, or type the glow transparency in percentage values.
- Presets: Click the down-arrow next to the icon, which brings up a gallery similar to what you see in Figure 3 above. To learn more see our Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- You can see a
live preview of the effect
as you make changes. Play around with the glow options to achieve the glow effect you want.
Figure 6 shows our pre selected shape (refer to Figure 2) with the
changed glow effect.
Figure 6: Rectangle shape with edited Glow effect
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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