Advanced Reflection Options in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how you can make changes to the reflection effects applied to shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
The Reflection effects that PowerPoint 2013 provides can be applied with a single click,
and can indeed do wonders for your shapes. However, too much of anything cannot be good and if you
get too carried away by the swanky looking reflections, you may end up distracting your audiences.
Most of PowerPoint's reflection presets that you learned to apply in our Reflection
Effects for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial are attractive, and somewhat distracting.
Still, you can tone down the effect a little -- or if you want, you can
let your creativity work and enhance the reflection effect! Whatever your
scenario may be, you can edit the reflection properties to suit your
creative freedom -- for instance, you can change the transparency or
distance of the reflection to end up with results similar to what you can see in
Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Enhance your Reflection effects
Follow these steps to learn more:
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
you can see in Figure 3. Within the Shape Effects
drop-down gallery choose Reflection, and then choose
Reflection Options from the sub-gallery, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Reflection Options within the Reflection 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 option for reflection under Reflection section
(highlighted in blue within Figure 4).
Figure 4: Reflection Options within Format Shape Task Pane
Reflection options within the Format Shape task pane are explained below, as marked in Figure 4, above:
- Presets: Click the downward arrow next to the icon,
which brings up the similar Reflection gallery that you can see in
Figure 3 above. See our
Reflection Effects to Shapes In PowerPoint 2013 tutorial for more information.
- Transparency: Allows you to alter the transparency of
the reflection. You can use the slider, or type the reflection transparency
value in percentages.
- Size: Use the slider or enter the reflection size
value in percentages to increase or decrease the size (spread) of
- Blur: This option makes the edges of the reflection
more feathered (merged with the background). Again you can use the
slider, or enter the blur value in points.
- Distance: Allows you to format the distance between the shape and the reflection in relation to the position of the shape. You can use the slider or type the distance value in points.
- Presets: Click the downward arrow next to the icon, which brings up the similar Reflection gallery that you can see in Figure 3 above. See our Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes In PowerPoint 2013 tutorial for more information.
- Play around with the reflection options to end up with some cool results (see Figure 1, earlier on this page to get some ideas). Remember to save your presentation often.
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