After inserting pictures within your PowerPoint
slide, you may want to change their appearance. You can add distinctive
borders to your pictures or use the various
Adjust Picture options. Alternatively, you can directly apply
preset Picture Styles as well. These Picture Styles are
based on PowerPoint's Picture Effects capabilities and add some effects with a click. Most of the time, this means that a
single Picture Style adds a reflection, a glow, and a border to your picture. However, you can also apply any of these effects individually
to your pictures. In all, PowerPoint provides 6 effects: shadow, reflection, glow, soft edges, bevel, and 3-D rotation. Follow these steps
to learn how you can apply these Picture Effects in PowerPoint 2016:
- Open your presentation and select the picture that you want to apply an effect to. You can also select more than one picture on a
single slide. Alternatively, insert a picture and
- This brings up the Picture Tools Format tab on the
Ribbon (highlighted in red
within Figure 1). Click this contextual tab to activate. Within the Picture Tools Format tab click the
Picture Effects button (highlighted in blue within Figure 1).
Figure 1: Picture Effects button
The Picture Tools Format
tab is a contextual
tab. Contextual 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.
- This opens the Picture Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Picture Effects drop-down gallery
All the options within the Picture Effects drop-down gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 2
above. For more information on how to apply these effects, refer to the linked tutorials below. Although these linked tutorials discuss
the Effect options for Shapes, the procedures explained applies to Pictures as well:
A. Preset: This option provides some ready to use shape effects, which can be applied to any shape. Learn more about
Presets in our Apply Preset Effects
B. Shadow: Applies a shadow to the selected picture. PowerPoint provides three types of shadows: Outer,
Inner, and Perspective. You can apply any of these, or customize them to meet your requirements. Refer
to our Apply Shadow Effects tutorial
for more information on how to use the Shadow Effect.
C. Reflection: Adds a reflection to the selected picture, and you can choose from several reflection styles. Remember,
you should not use shadow and reflection for the same picture. Refer to our
Apply Reflection Effects tutorial
to learn more.
D. Glow: Provides a hazed, blurred color perimeter outside the Picture area. PowerPoint provides several glow variations;
the glow colors are based on the
Theme colors, although you can also choose any other color as well.
Refer to our Apply Glow Effects tutorial
to explore more.
E. Soft Edges: This effect makes the picture edges feathered, almost like a moth-edge. Learn more in our
Soft Edges in our
Apply Soft Edges tutorial.
F. Bevel: Applies bevel effects to the selected picture. You can also customize the applied bevel. Refer to our
Apply Bevel Effects tutorial to learn
G. 3-D Rotation: Imparts Parallel, Perspective, and Oblique 3-D
effects to the selected picture. Refer to our
Apply 3-D Rotation tutorial to understand
this concept better.
- Choose and apply any of the picture effects -- you can apply more than one effect to the same picture. Figure 3
shows the six variants of the same picture with all individual effect types applied.
Figure 3: Variants of the same picture with different effects applied
- You can also apply multiple effects to the same picture. Figure 4 shows a picture with three effects applied
(Shadow, Bevel, and 3-D Rotation). Compare Figures 1 and
Figure 4: Multiple Effects applied to one picture
- Remember to save your presentation often.
Picture Effects in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
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Picture Effects In PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
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