When you change colors of a SmartArt graphic, only fill colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt change. Other attributes such as outlines or effects are not altered. Rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option to overcome this limitation.
Follow these steps to apply SmartArt Styles to SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:
- Select your existing SmartArt graphic (learn how to insert a SmartArt graphic), as shown in Figure 1, below. The SmartArt graphic variant used here is the Diverging Radial.
- When the SmartArt graphic is selected, you'll find two contextual tabs activated on the Ribbon. These are the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. Activate the SmartArt Tools Design tab by clicking on it.
Figure 1: SmartArt Tools Design tab selected
- The SmartArt Tool Design and SmartArt Tool Format tabs are contextual tabs. 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 the SmartArt Tools Design tab, locate the SmartArt Styles group. Then, click the down-arrow, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: SmartArt Styles group
- Doing so brings up the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery
- Hover the cursor over any of the Style previews within the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery. As you hover over different previews, the selected SmartArt graphic shows you a live preview of the style applied, as shown in Figure 4, below. Click on the preview thumbnail in the gallery to apply the style to the selected SmartArt graphic.
Figure 4: SmartArt graphic showing live preview of the style selected
- Place your SmartArt graphic in an area that is not covered by the SmartArt Styles drop-down gallery, so you can see the Live Preview.
Don't Cover the Preview Area
Working with SmartArt: Apply SmartArt Styles (Glossary Page)