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Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to apply the 3-D Rotation effect to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: August 30th 2011
Last Updated: September 1st 2011






If you haven't seen all our other tutorials on Shape Effects available in PowerPoint 2011, then this page is self sufficient on its own. On the other hand, if you have been following all our tutorials in this series, you know that we have covered all the Shape Effects apart from 3-D Rotation and Soft Edges. In this tutorial, you will learn to add a 3-D Rotation effect to your shapes. This will make them look three dimensional and prominent.

To see a sample presentation containing 3-D Rotation effects in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Note: Any shape that you apply a 3-D Rotation effect to needs to have some 3-D depth to show the rotation -- if you are familiar with 3-D programs, you will realize that depth in PowerPoint is similar to extrusion. To use an analogy, a thick book will show depth when placed on the shelf -- a single sheet of paper on the other hand has almost no depth.

You can add depth to your shapes using details provided on the Bevel (3-D Format) Options page.


Follow these steps to apply 3-D Rotation to a shape:

  1. Select the shape with some depth applied. Then double click it to activate the Format tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 1). Within this tab, locate the Shape Styles group, and click the Effects button that you can see in Figure 1 (highlighted in blue).

    Effects button within the Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Effects button within the Format tab of the Ribbon

  2. This brings up the Effects drop-down gallery. From this drop-down gallery, choose the 3-D Rotation option to open the 3-D Rotation gallery that you can see in Figure 2.

    3-D Rotation gallery
    Figure 2: 3-D Rotation gallery

  3. The options in the 3-D Rotation gallery have been explained below:

    1. Parallel: Includes ten variants that rotate the shape in different angles.

    2. Perspective: Includes ten variants that rotate the shape, and alter its rotation angle (perspective) from where you view the shape, so that farther edges appear smaller than nearer edges.

    3. Oblique: There are four variants that apply a very subtle rotation, almost as if a 2-D object is in a semi-3-D space.

    4. No 3-D Rotation: Use this option to remove 3-D Rotation from the selected shape.

    5. 3-D Rotation Options: This option brings up the Format Shape dialog box up with 3-D Rotation options. Here you can can customize 3-D Rotation Options further. We have explained these options in our 3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
  4. Click on any 3-D Rotation effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 3 you can see 3-D Rotation effect applied to the previously selected shape (refer Figure 1 above).

    3-D Rotation effect applied to a Rectangle
    Figure 3: 3-D Rotation effect applied to a Rectangle

  5. Remember to save your presentation often.

Sample Presentation


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See Also:

Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes In PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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