Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn about shape effects that can be applied to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: February 10th 2010
Last Updated: February 16th 2010
You have already seen how to apply different fill types for shapes and also how to format shape outlines in PowerPoint 2010. Now, let us move on to Shape Effects, the next option in Shape Styles group. Just like the Shape Effects PowerPoint 2007, there are six distinct Shape Effects available in PowerPoint 2010 as well:
I'll explain each of these effects in individual detailed pages within
this series. In this first tutorial of the series, I'll explain the
basics of applying effects.
Follow these steps to apply an effect to a shape in PowerPoint 2010:
the shape that you want to apply the effect to. Alternatively,
if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint
2010. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in
a presentation -- PowerPoint 2010 users can change
the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
- Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button
to access the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 1.
Select any shape, and then either drag and draw, or click once on
the blank slide to place
an instance of the shape.
Figure 1: Shapes gallery
- Select the shape so that the Ribbon area now shows the Drawing
Tools Format tab, as shown in Figure 2. Activate
this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: 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.
- From the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group, then
click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in red in Figure
to view the Shape Effects drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure
Figure 3: Shape Effects drop-down gallery
Let us explore these seven options (one preset and six effect types) one by one:
- Preset: This option provides some ready
to use shape effects, which can be applied to any shape. More
- Shadow: Applies shadow effects to the selected
shape. PowerPoint provides three types of shadows: outer, inner
and perspective, and you can apply any of these, or customize
them to your requirement. More
- Reflection: This option applies a reflection
to the selected shape, and you can choose from several reflection
styles. Remember you don't want to use shadow and reflection
for the same slide object such as a shape. More
- Glow: Glow adds a hazed, blurred color perimeter
outside the shape area. PowerPoint provides several glow variations;
the glow colors are based on the Theme colors, although you
can also choose any other color you like. More
- Soft Edges: This effect type makes the shape edges feathered. There are some soft edges variations available. More
- Bevel: Apply bevel effects to the shape.
You can also customize your own bevel. More
- 3-D Rotation: With this effect type, you
can apply parallel, perspective, and oblique 3-D effects to
- Preset: This option provides some ready to use shape effects, which can be applied to any shape. More Information.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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