Gradient Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add gradient fills to selected text in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
By default, all text that you add within PowerPoint may be filled up with a solid color. And while that's
predictable and good, there are some other options that you may want to explore, especially for title text or
anything that uses text in a larger point size. One alternative is text filled with a gradient -- this can look
contemporary and classic, or even ghastly and gaudy! It all depends on the type of gradients you use to fill
your text. Look at the slide shown below in Figure 1. Notice that the gradient used for text
on the top part of the slide has an unnecessary large number of colors that make it look too colorful. The
gradient used for the text on the bottom part of the slide looks so much better than conventional text filled
with a solid color.
Figure 1: Two examples of gradient fills for text
There are some more guidelines that will help you create great looking gradient fills for your text:
- Gradient fills look great as text fills only when your text is fairly large sized.
- Using more colors in the gradient fill may make your text distracting.
- Try to use the gradient colors which contrast with the slide background.
- Also use gradient colors that are not too different so that you achieve a subtle merge of colors.
Follow these steps to learn how to apply a gradient fill to your text PowerPoint 2013:
Select the text to which
you want to apply a picture fill. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step,
insert a text box
on a blank slide and type some text in it -- also
change the text font to
something blockier, such as Arial Black (see Figure 2). Select the text, or
the entire text box to bring up the Drawing Tools Format tab on the
Ribbon as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab. These 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 within these tabs.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Text Fill button and
click the downward pointing arrow, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Text Fill button
- This opens the Text Fill drop-down gallery -- in this drop-down gallery, select the
Gradient option (highlighted in red within
Figure 4) to open Gradient sub-gallery as shown in Figure 4
(highlighted in blue).
Figure 4: Gradient sub-gallery
Let us explore the options within Gradient sub-gallery:
- No Gradient: This is the option you can use to change the gradient fill of the selected
text to a solid fill.
- Variations: Here are some preset gradient fill variations for your text. Just click on
any of them to apply to the selected text.
- More Gradients: This option allows you to create your own gradients. Selecting this
option opens the Format Shape
Task Pane -- in this task pane make
sure to select the Gradient fill radio button as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Gradient fill options within Format Shape task pane
To learn more about the options within Format Shape task pane, refer to the More Gradients tutorial -- although the linked tutorial pertains to shapes, the concepts are similar enough except the Rotate with shape check-box (highlighted in red within Figure 5 -- notice that this option is grayed out), which is not available for Text fill.
- No Gradient: This is the option you can use to change the gradient fill of the selected text to a solid fill.
- Within the Gradient sub-gallery, click on the gradient type you want to use as a
fill for your selected text. You can also edit the gradient further using the More Gradients
option. Figure 6 shows the selected text with a gradient fill applied.
Figure 6: Text with gradient fill applied
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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