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Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to apply glow effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. You can change glow colors and the glow spread.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher




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The next PowerPoint effect for shapes that we will explore is the Glow effect. This effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. This is an Outer Glow surrounding the shape, as you can see in the samples within Figure 1, below, and not an Inner Glow effect. You can choose from various glow colors such as Theme colors or even any other color of your choice to match the look of the slide content.

Glow sample effects
Figure 1: Glow sample effects

To see a sample presentation containing Glow effects in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Follow these steps to apply the glow effect to a shape:

  1. Select the shape so that the Ribbon area shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).
  2. Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
  3. 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.
  4. This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. From this gallery, choose the Glow option, this bring up the Glow sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 again).
  5. Glow sub-gallery within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Glow sub-gallery within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery
  6. The options within the Glow sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above.
  7. A. No Glow

  8. Use this option if the shape has a glow applied which you want to remove.
  9. B. Glow Variations

  10. Provides several glow variations based on color and spread:
  11. Color: The six color variations are based on the six accent colors of the active Theme. Learn more about Themes.
  12. Spread: There are four glow width (spread) variations available.
  13. C. More Glow Colors

  14. Opens color swatches so that you can choose more colors for glow. If you want more information on this option, look at our More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
  15. D. Glow Options

  16. If you want to make further changes to the color or the spread of the glow, choose this option. You can learn more about these options in our Advanced Glow Effect Options in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
  17. Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Glow sub-gallery to see a live preview of the effect. Click on any effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 4, you can see that a glow effect has been applied to the previously selected shape.
  18. Glow effect applied to a Rectangle
    Figure 4: Glow effect applied to a Rectangle
  19. Tip: Place your shape in the area that is not covered by the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 4 above, so that you can see the live preview.
  20. Remember to save your presentation often.

Sample Presentation

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See Also:

Shape Effects: Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in (Glossary Page)

Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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