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Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to apply Reflection effects to selected shape(s) in PowerPoint 2010.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: February 24th 2011
Last Updated: February 24th 2011






This tutorial is a part of the series on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2010. You have already explored the preset effects available, and also how you can apply a shadow effect to any selected shape. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can quickly add reflection to a shape.

Note: Although you can add both a shadow and reflection effect to any shape in PowerPoint 2010 it's good to use just one of these two effects in a shape.

To see a sample presentation containing Reflection effects in PowerPoint 2010, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Follow these steps to apply reflection effects to a shape:

  1. Select the shape you want to apply the reflection effect to (if there's no shape on your slide, learn to insert a new shape). Double click the selected shape to activate the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon (see Figure 1). Within this tab locate the Shape Styles group and click the Shape Effects button that you can see in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).

    Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: 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.


  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 the Reflection option.

    Reflection drop-down gallery within Shape effects
    Figure 2: Reflection drop-down gallery within Shape effects

  3. This opens the Reflection sub-gallery (refer to Figure 2 above) that provides the following options:

    1. No Reflection: Use this option to remove reflection from a selected shape.

    2. Reflection Variations: You can choose any of nine default reflection styles available.

    3. Reflection Options: If you want more control on reflection, then choose this option. Look at our Advanced Reflection Options in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial to know more about these options.

  4. Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Reflection gallery to see a live preview of the effect. Click on an effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 3 below you can see a reflection effect applied to the previously selected shape.

    Reflection effect applied to a Rectangle shape
    Figure 3: Reflection effect applied to a Rectangle shape

    Tip: Place your shape in the area that is not covered by the Shape Styles drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 3, so that you can see the live preview.


  5. Remember to save your presentation often.

Sample Presentation


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See Also:

Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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