To see a sample presentation containing Gradient Fills in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Follow these steps to change or apply a Gradient Fill to a shape:
- Select the shape that you want to change the fill for. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation, PowerPoint 2007 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
- Under the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, choose the Shapes button to view the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Rectangle (or any other shape), and then either drag and draw, or click once on the blank slide to place an instance of the shape.
Figure 1: Shapes gallery
- Select the shape so that the Ribbon area now shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown in Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- From the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group, then select the Shape Fill button to view the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. From the Shape Fill drop-down gallery choose Gradient.
Figure 3: Shape Fill gallery
- This opens the Gradient sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3). Based on the Theme applied to the open presentation or slides, the gallery provides various options:
- No Gradient: Just a solid color. This is the option you can use if you already have a shape with a Gradient Fill that you want to restore to a shape with a solid fill.
- Light Variation: In this option gradients are formed in various directions with the default color merged with white or a light color. These color are based on the active Theme.
- Dark Variation: Here gradients are formed in various directions with the default color merged with black or a dark color. This default color is based on the active Theme.
- More Gradients: This option is explained in a detailed article on the More Gradients page.
Sample Presentation of Gradient Fill in Shape:
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