PowerPoint’s Shape Effects are used to enhance the look of your shapes, and with PowerPoint 2016 providing a vast repertoire of effects, you can easily get busy
playing with all the options available! To save time, you can apply any of the
Preset shape effects. If you choose to
apply individual effects, the time involved may be more but the results can be distinctive. For example, even with something as simple as
the Shadow effect, there is no dearth of options available. Look at Figure 1 to see the amazing
differences between variations for the Shadow effect.
Figure 1: Shadows galore within PowerPoint
To see a sample presentation containing Shadow effects in PowerPoint,
scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply shadow effects to a shape:
Select the shape so that the Ribbon shows the
Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2.
Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab click the
Shape Effects button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
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
Shadow option; this brings up the Shadow sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Shadow sub-gallery
The options within the Shadow sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in
Figure 3, above.
A. No Shadow: Use this option if the shape already has a shadow
which you want to remove.
B. Outer Shadow: There are nine outer shadow styles available
for various directions. These outer shadows are akin to drop shadows.
C. Inner Shadow: You can choose from nine inner shadow styles.
This effect applies a darkened edge within the shape itself in various directions.
D. Perspective: Adds a long shadow that can sometimes cast off
outside the slide area. There are five perspective shadow styles available.
E. Shadow Options: If you want to have more control on shadows,
select this option to summon the Format Shape
Task Pane with the Effects tab selected
(highlighted in red within Figure 4). Here you will find all possible shadow editing options
which are explained in our
Edit Shadow Effect in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.
In Figure 4, none of the Shadow editing options show values because we haven't applied any Shadow to the selected
Figure 4: Shadow editing options within Format Shape Task Pane
Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Shadow sub-gallery to see a
Live Preview of the effect on the shape as shown in
Figure 5: Shape showing the live preview of the Shadow effect
Click on any effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 6 you can see that a shadow effect has been applied
to the previously selected shape.
Figure 6: Shadow effect applied to the Star shape
Remember to save your presentation often.
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