A Glow effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area, and by default, the Glow colors emanate from the active Theme. These default Glow colors work most of the time, but of course, you can change the Glow color to something entirely different. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can change this Glow color to any color you want, as shown within the sample Glow effects you see in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Change the Glow effect color
Follow these steps to change the Glow effect color in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:
- Select the shape with a Glow applied, so that the Ribbon area 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 within Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- 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 More Glow Colors from the sub-gallery, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: More Glow Colors option within Glow sub-gallery
- This brings up the Colors flyout menu (refer to Figure 3). Here you can choose any color for the glow using the following options:
- Here you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes here.
- Here you can choose from any of the ten standard colors. These ten standard colors are just choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. You don't have to limit yourself to either the Theme colors or Standard colors, as we will explore next. It's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.
- Here you can find the colors most recently used. If you have just launched PowerPoint and created a new presentation, then the Recent Colors option may be entirely absent if you haven't selected any color recently!
- This option is to summon the Color dialog box, which helps you to create your own new color for the picture border. To learn more about how to work with the Color option, read our Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial; explore step 3E in that tutorial. Even though the option explained in that tutorial is More Fill Colors, the Color dialog box options work similarly for More Colors option too.
- In Figure 4, you can see that the glow color of our previously selected Star shape (see Figure 2) has been changed from blue to pink.
Figure 4: Star shape with changed glow color
- Remember to save your presentation often.
Shape Effects: More Glow Colors (Glossary Page)