Among all the Shape Effects in PowerPoint, the 3-D ones stand apart. For any of the 3-D effects to work, you must understand two important 3-D parameters. These two parameters are 3-D Rotation and 3-D Depth. Although you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus you must first rotate your object and then add Depth.
Figure 1, below shows a shape that has a Bevel, thereafter you see a shape that adds a 3-D Rotation attribute followed by another shape that adds some 3-D Depth. We already covered the Bevel effect in a previous tutorial. In this tutorial, we will cover 3-D Rotation, and in the next tutorial, we will explore 3-D Depth.
Figure 1: Adding Rotation and Depth to a 3-D object
Additionally, Figure 2 below shows some shapes to which we have added 3-D Rotation attributes.
Figure 2: Sample 3-D Rotation attributes
To see a sample presentation containing 3-D Rotation effects in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply a 3-D Rotation effect to a shape which already has a Bevel effect applied:
- Select the shape so that the Ribbon area shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in red within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 4. From this gallery, choose the 3-D Rotation option. This bring up the 3-D Rotation sub-gallery (refer to Figure 4 again).
Figure 4: 3-D Rotation sub-gallery within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery
- The options within the 3-D Rotation sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 4, above.
- Use this option to remove 3-D Rotation from the selected shape.
- Includes ten variants that rotate the shape in different angles.
- Provides eleven variants that rotate the shape, and alter its rotation angle (perspective) from where you view the shape, so that farther edges appear smaller than nearer edges.
- There are four variants that apply a very subtle rotation, almost as if a 2-D object is in a semi-3-D space.
- Brings up 3-D Rotation section within the Format Shape pane where you can customize 3-D Rotation Options further. This has been explained in detail in our 3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.
- Move the cursor over any of the effects within the 3-D Rotation sub-gallery to see a Live Preview of the effect, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: 3-D Rotation effect applied to a Star with previously applied 3-D effects
- Click on any effect to apply to the selected shape. In Figure 6 you can see that a 3-D rotation effect has been applied to the previously selected shape.
Figure 6: 3-D Rotation effect applied to a Star with previously applied 3-D effects
- Remember to save your presentation often.
A. No Rotation
E. 3-D Rotation Options
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