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Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

The Reflection effect can be added quickly to selected objects in PowerPoint 2007 with a click or two.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista

Date Created: March 14th 2009
Last Updated: March 14th 2009

This tutorial is part of the effects series for PowerPoint 2007. We already showed you how you can apply a shadow effect, and tweak the shadow options. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can quickly add a reflection to a shape.

Note: Although you can add both a shadow and reflection effect to any object in PowerPoint 2007 or higher versions, it's good to use just one of these two effects.

To see a sample presentation containing Reflection effects in PowerPoint 2007, 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 effect to. Selecting a shape activates the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon -- activate this tab and locate the Shape Effects button that you can see in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).

    Shape Effects button
    Figure 1: Shape Effects button

  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 sub-gallery
    Figure 2: Reflection sub-gallery

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

    1. No Reflection: Use this option to remove reflection from a selected shape. You can use this option only if the shape has reflection applied.

    2. Reflection Variations: Choose any of nine reflection styles available.

  4. Mouse 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.

  5. Remember to save your presentation often.

Related Link: My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.

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 2010 for Windows


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