Among the various Shape Effects available in PowerPoint, probably the most subtle one is the Soft Edges effect. This effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. Soft Edges work best with larger shapes, especially if you use some of the larger Soft Edge variations available. PowerPoint provides some ready-to-use Soft Edges as shown in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Default Soft Edge effects
Additionally, there is an option to format these ready made offerings. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to apply the default soft edge effects to a shape.
To see a sample presentation containing shapes with Soft Edges applied in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to apply Soft Edges to a shape in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:
- Select the shape so that the Ribbon shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Shape Effects button
- This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. From this gallery, choose the Soft Edges option. This brings up the Soft Edges sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Soft Edges Option
- The options within the Soft Edges sub-gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above.
- Use this option to remove soft edges from a selected shape.
- There are six soft edge styles available in several point sizes ranging from 1 point to 50 points. Three of these styles (5 points, 10 points, and 25 points) can be seen in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Soft Edges style variations
- This allows you to format soft edges beyond ready made offerings in PowerPoint 2016. Want to learn more about those options? Read our Advanced Soft Edges Options in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.
- Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Soft Edge Variations gallery to see a Live Preview of the effect on the shape, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Shape with the live preview of the Soft Edge effect
- Click on any effect to apply to the selected shape. In Figure 6 you can see that a Soft Edge effect has been applied to the previously selected shape.
Figure 6: Soft Edges applied to the Star shape
- Remember to save your presentation often.
A. No Soft Edges
B. Soft Edge Variations
C. Soft Edges Options
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