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Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Explore advanced options for the glow effect applied to shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and 8






Applying a Glow effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time. Especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors, so if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and change the glow color, alter the spread or transparency, etc. In Figure 1, below you can see how changes made to the Glow effect's spread and transparency can help you end up with some cool, surreal results.

Do more with Glow effects
Figure 1: Do more with Glow effects

In this tutorial, you'll learn to access the advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2013, which makes all these changes doable:

  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).

    Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    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.
  2. This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as you can see in Figure 3. Within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery choose Glow, and then choose Glow Options from the sub-gallery, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    Glow Options within the Glow sub-gallery
    Figure 3: Glow Options within the Glow sub-gallery
  3. This opens the Format Shape Task Pane with the Effects tab selected (highlighted in red within Figure 4). Within the Format Shape Task Pane you'll find all the options you need within the Glow section (highlighted in blue within Figure 4).

    Glow Options within Format Shape Task Pane
    Figure 4: Glow Options within Format Shape Task Pane

    Glow options within the Format Shape Task Pane are explained below, as marked in Figure 4, above:

    A. Presets:

    Click the down-arrow next to the icon, which brings up a gallery similar to what you see in Figure 3 above. To learn more see our Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

    B. Color:

    Allows you to change the glow color. Click the Color button to access a fly out menu (see Figure 5). Here you can choose any color for the glow. If you want some more explanation about options under Color menu, you can go to the More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

    Glow color options
    Figure 5: Glow color options

    C. Size:

    Use the slider or enter the glow size value in percentages to increase or decrease the size (spread) of the glow.

    D. Transparency:

    Allows you to alter the transparency of the glow. You can use the slider, or type the glow transparency in percentage values.
  4. You can see a live preview of the effect as you make changes. Play around with the glow options to achieve the glow effect you want. Figure 6 shows our preselected shape (refer to Figure 2) with the changed glow effect.

    Rectangle shape with edited Glow effect
    Figure 6: Rectangle shape with edited Glow effect
  5. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Advanced Glow Effect Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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