Pattern Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add pattern fills to the selected text in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you various text fill options like
Solid Color fill,
Texture fill etc.
Additionally, another fill option is available for your text -- this is the Pattern fill, and we will show
you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the successful appearance of text filled with a
Pattern depends upon certain factors like the type of Pattern, colors used to create the Pattern, and also
the size of text, etc. Look at the slide shown below in Figure 1. Notice that the pattern
used for text on the top part of the slide has a pattern fill that makes it very difficult to read whereas
the pattern used for the text on the bottom part of the slide looks good, and is much more legible.
Figure 1: Two examples of Pattern fills for text
Follow these steps to learn how to apply a Pattern fill to your text in PowerPoint 2013:
Select the text to which you
want to apply a Pattern 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 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 WordArt Styles group --
click on the Format Shape Task Pane launcher that you can see highlighted in
red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Format Shape Task Pane launcher
- This opens the Format Shape Task Pane, as shown in Figure 4. Make sure
that the Text Options tab is selected (highlighted in red
within Figure 4). Then select the Text Fill & Outline button (highlighted in blue within Figure 4). Also, select the
Pattern fill radio button if not selected -- all the Pattern fill option are shown highlighted
in the green area within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Pattern fill options within Format Shape Task Pane
- Click on any of the pattern style previews to apply it to your text. Whichever pattern you choose, you
can then change its foreground and background colors using the Foreground and
Background buttons that you can see in Figure 4 (highlighted in orange and purple respectively). When you click any of these buttons, you can see the Color gallery shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Foreground / Background Color gallery
The options within Foreground and Background Color gallery will work in the same way as explained in the Text Fills in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial -- in that tutorial, refer to the points 4-A, 4-B, 4-C, 4-E and 4-F for more info on how to use the options within Foreground and Background Color gallery. Also note that even though More Colors option has been named as More Fill Colors within the Text Fills in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial, both options serve the same purpose.
If you don't want to change the foreground and background colors, you can just accept the default color values.
- Make your choices as required. In Figure 6 you can see the foreground and background
colors for the pattern have been changed, and the pattern with the name Diagonal brick is
Figure 6: Various Pattern fill options selected for the text
- As and when you make your choices within the Format Shape Task Pane, you can see the
result on the selected text. Once you are happy with the effect achieved, close the
Format Shape Task Pane. Figure 7 shows the selected text with a pattern
Figure 6: Text with a pattern fill applied
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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