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Shape Fills, Lines, and Effects for SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn about fill, line, and effect options for shapes within SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. You can choose from several sets of coordinated colors.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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Once a SmartArt graphic is inserted within PowerPoint 2010, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic, this applies new colors to the entire SmartArt graphic including the various shapes it contains. However, there may be times when you want one of the shapes to be colored differently.

In this tutorial, we'll explore the fill, line, and effect options which can be applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select any individual shape within your existing SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 1, below. As you can see, one of the gear shapes has been selected in this case.
  2. Shape is selected within Gear SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: Shape is selected within Gear SmartArt graphic
  3. This action will activate two contextual SmartArt Tools tabs on the Ribbon. These are the SmartArt Tools Design and the SmartArt Tools Format tabs, as shown highlighted in red with in Figure 2, below. Select the SmartArt Tools Format tab.
  4. SmartArt Tools Format tab selected
    Figure 2: SmartArt Tools Format tab selected
  5. Within the SmartArt Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group, as shown in Figure 3, below. Here, you'll find all the fill, line, and effect options for individual SmartArt shapes.
  6. Shape Styles group
    Figure 3: Shape Styles group
  7. All the fill, line, and effect options for SmartArt graphic are explained below:
  8. A. Shape Fill

  9. Select this option to view the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4, below. Learn more about Shape Fills here.
  10. Shape Fill gallery
    Figure 4: Shape Fill gallery
  11. B. Shape Outline

  12. Select this option to view the Shape Outline drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 5, below. Learn more about Shape Outlines here.
  13. Shape Outline gallery
    Figure 5: Shape Outline gallery
  14. C. Shape Effects

  15. Click to open the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 6, below. Learn more about Shape Effects here.
  16. Shape Effects gallery
    Figure 6: Shape Effects gallery
  17. D. Shape Styles

  18. Click the downward pointing arrow, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, above to bring up the Shape Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 7. Learn more about Shape Styles here.
  19. Shape Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 7: Shape Styles drop-down gallery
  20. Figure 8, below, shows different fills, outlines, and effects applied to individual shapes of the Gear SmartArt graphic variant.
  21. Different fills, outlines, and effect applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic
    Figure 8: Different fills, outlines, and effect applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic

See Also:

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