Apply any of the various effects in PowerPoint, and your shapes may stand out, literally out of the slide! In this series on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2013, we have explored several effect types. On this page, you will learn how you can quickly add a convincing Reflection effect to a shape. While this tutorial pertains to shapes, there's no reason why you cannot use the same Reflection effects on other slide objects. Reflection applies a blurred, semi-transparent duplication of the original object, in the same way as you may have seen reflection on water or glass. Look at Figure1 where we have a few sample Reflection effects applied to shapes.
Figure 1: Reflection effects applied to shapes
To see a sample presentation containing Reflection effects in PowerPoint 2013, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply reflection effects to a shape:
- 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).
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. From this gallery, choose the Reflection option, this brings up the Reflection sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Reflection sub-gallery within Shape Effects drop-down gallery
- The options within the Reflection sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above.
- Use this option to remove reflection from a selected shape.
- You can choose any of nine default reflection styles available. All variations can be seen in Figure 3, above. Use these variations.
- If you want more control on reflection, then choose this option. Look at our Advanced Reflection Options in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial to know more about this option.
- Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Reflection sub-gallery to see a Live Preview of the effect on the shape. Click on an effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 4 below you can see a reflection effect applied to the previously selected shape.
Figure 4: Reflection effect applied to a Rectangle shape
- Remember to save your presentation often.
A. No Reflection
B. Reflection Variations
C. Reflection Options
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