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3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to format the 3-D Rotation attributes of a shape in PowerPoint 2010 with more control than what's available in the 3-D Rotation gallery.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Date Created: March 28th 2011
Last Updated: March 28th 2011






In this series of tutorials, I have showed you how you can use all Shape Effects available in PowerPoint 2010. This last tutorial of this series builds upon the previous Apply 3-D Rotation to a Shape in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.

Follow these steps to play with the advanced controls related to 3-D Rotation:

  1. Select a shape that already has 3-D Rotation effect applied which you want to change further. Double click the selected shape to activate the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon. Within this tab, click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in red in Figure 1).

    Shape Effects button within Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Shape Effects button within Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon

  2. This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as you can see in Figure 2. From the Shape Effects drop-down gallery choose 3-D Rotation | 3-D Rotation Options (the last option in this gallery).

    3-D Rotation Options within 3-D Roation gallery
    Figure 2: 3-D Rotation Options within 3-D Rotation gallery

  3. This opens the Format Shape dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. In the Format Shape dialog box make sure that the 3-D Rotation tab is selected.

    3-D Rotation options within Format Shape dialog box
    Figure 3: 3-D Rotation options within Format Shape dialog box

    The options in Format Shape dialog box are explained below:

    1. Presets: Click the downward arrow next to the icon, which brings up a 3-D Rotation gallery very similar to the options that you can see in Figure 2 above. See the Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes In PowerPoint 2010 tutorial for more information.

    2. Rotation: Here you can choose the three axes in 3-D space: X (width) , Y (height), and Z (depth) to rotate the selected shape in 3-D space. You can either use the direction buttons or enter the angle values. Each change in value will show you how it effects the shape. Place your shape in the area that is not covered by the Format Shape dialog box so that you can see the effects on shape.

      Enter the Perspective values from 0 to 120 degrees or use the direction buttons to narrow or widen the field of view. The Perspective option will be grayed out if you have chosen any preset styles other than the Perspective preset styles (see A above).

    3. Text: This check box allows you to keep the text flat even after you apply 3-D rotation effect to a shape.

    4. Object Position: Here you can alter the distance from the base level of the shape -- this might influence different shapes in dissimilar ways.

      Note: Click the Reset button to convert a 3-D formatted shape back to a 2-D shape.

  1. After applying the required 3-D rotation effect to the shape, click Close to get back to the slide.

  2. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
3-D Rotation Options in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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