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3-D Format Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Explore 3-D Format options for shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. You can alter top and bottom bevels, depth, contour, material, and lighting.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher




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3-D Options in PowerPoint 2010 let you format the bevel style of a shape with many more options than those available in the conventional Bevel gallery you explored in our Apply Bevel Effects to Shapes In PowerPoint 2010 tutorial. You can customize options such as contour, contour color, depth, depth color, and materials. This detailed tutorial explains every option within the 3-D Options gamut.

To see a sample presentation containing 3-D Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Follow these steps to format 3-D Options:

  1. Select the shape to which you want to apply 3-D effects (if there's no shape on your slide, learn to insert a new shape). Double-click the selected shape to activate the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon. Within this tab, click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in red within Figure 1).
  2. Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
  3. 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.
  4. This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as you can see in Figure 2. There are two ways to access 3-D Format options from here:
    1. Choose the Preset option, and then choose 3-D Options (the last option in this gallery), as shown in Figure 2.
    2. 3-D Options in the Preset gallery
      Figure 2: 3-D Options in the Preset gallery
    3. Choose the Bevel option, and then choose 3-D Options (the last option in this gallery), as shown in Figure 3.
    4. 3-D Options in the Bevel gallery
      Figure 3: 3-D Options in the Bevel gallery
  5. Either way, you will bring up the Format Shape dialog box as shown in Figure 4. Make sure that the 3-D Format tab is selected to access 3-D Format options.
  6. 3-D Format options within Format Shape dialog box
    Figure 4: 3-D Format options within Format Shape dialog box
  7. The options in Format Shape dialog box are explained below, as marked in Figure 4, above:
  8. A. Bevel

  9. Allows you to alter the bevel of Top and Bottom surfaces. Click the downward pointing arrow next to the Top and Bottom option to bring up some ready to use Top and Bottom bevel styles (see Figures 5 and 6). You can apply any of the Top and Bottom bevel styles, and later change the width and height values in the relevant Width and Height boxes next to these galleries (refer again to Figures 5 and 6).
  10. Top Bevel
    Figure 5: Top Bevel
  11. Bottom Bevel
    Figure 6: Bottom Bevel
  12. B. Depth

  13. This option allows you to change the depth and the depth color of the shape, as shown in Figure 7.
  14. Depth and color options for Depth
    Figure 7: Depth and color options for Depth
  15. For depth you can enter the values in points.
  16. Note: You must have some depth applied to use the 3-D Rotation effects.
  17. For depth color, click the downward arrow next to the color icon to access a fly out menu, as shown in Figure 7. Here you can choose any color for the depth. Note that this changes the color of the 3D additions of the selected shape rather than the shape itself.
  18. Theme Colors

  19. Here you can select any of the colors in 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.
  20. Standard Colors

  21. You can choose any of the ten standard colors available. 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'll show you in the next options. It's a good design idea to use theme colors as far as possible.
  22. Recent Colors

  23. Here you will 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 since you haven't selected any color recently!
  24. Automatic is the default depth color.
  25. More Colors

  26. Provides more color choices. Selecting this option summons the Colors dialog box with two tabs: Standard and Custom. First select the Standard tab (as shown in Figure 8, below).
  27. Standard tab of the Colors dialog box
    Figure 8: Standard tab of the Colors dialog box
  28. This tab offers 127 colors in a honeycomb style palette, in addition to 14 gray shades, black and white. If you want more color choices, then select the Custom tab of the same dialog box, as shown in Figure 9.
  29. Custom tab of the Colors dialog box
    Figure 9: Custom tab of the Colors dialog box
  30. In this tab, you can choose any color from the spectrum and later adjust the selected color's luminosity with the slider on the right. You can even enter specific values of RGB and HSL to create a specific color. All these combinations provide 16 million color choices.
  31. Once you have chosen the color, click OK to exit this dialog box.
  32. C. Contours

  33. This option allows to change the edge thickness values in points and the color of the contour, as shown in Figure 10. To change the contour color, follow the color options for Theme colors, Standard colors, etc. as explained in the Depth color section above.
  34. Contour color and size options
    Figure 10: Contour color and size options
  35. D. Surface

  36. Here you can choose several surface material and lighting styles.
  37. There are three categories under Material: Standard, Special Effect, and Translucent (as shown in Figure 11, below).
  38. Material
    Figure 11: Material
  39. Under Lighting, you can choose Neutral, Warm, Cool, and Special lighting styles, as shown in Figure 12.
  40. Lighting
    Figure 12: Lighting
  41. You can even change the lighting angle, as shown previously in Figure 4, above.
  42. Note: Click the Reset button to convert a 3-D formatted shape back to a 2-D shape (see Figure 4 above).
  43. Click Close to apply the 3-D options and get back to the slide. Figure 13 below, shows an example of 3-D effects applied to a shape.
  44. Rectangle shape with 3-D effects applied
    Figure 13: Rectangle shape with 3-D effects applied
  45. Remember to save your presentation often.

Sample Presentation:

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See Also:

Shape Effects: 3-D Format Options for Shapes (Glossary Page)

3-D Format Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
3-D Format Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
3-D Format Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
3-D Format Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
3-D Format Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

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