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Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to apply reflection effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






Effects are a cool feature in PowerPoint that lets your shapes stand out. No longer you have to be content with flat shapes that appear to be depressed within the slide itself. Having said that, moderation is the key, do not go overboard with the effects! In our series on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2011, you have already explored how you can apply a Shadow Effect to any selected shape. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can quickly add reflection to a shape. So what's the difference between a shadow and a reflection? A shadow is typically of one color, normally gray and is influenced by the direction of a light source. Reflection is also dependent on light but it shows all the colors of the original object in a blurred way, as in the reflection on water or glass.

Note: Although you can add both shadow and Reflection effects to the same shape in PowerPoint 2011, it's good to use just one of these two effects in a shape, in the real world, rarely does an any object have both a shadow and a reflection.

To see a sample presentation containing Reflection effects in PowerPoint 2011, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Follow these steps to apply Reflection effects to a shape:

  1. Select the shape you want to apply the Reflection effect to, and double click it to activate the Format tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 1). Within this tab, locate the Shape Styles group and click the Effects button that you can see in Figure 1 (highlighted in blue).

    Effects button within Shape Styles group of Format tab
    Figure 1: Effects button within Shape Styles group of Format tab

    Note: Format tab is a Contextual tab. Contextual 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.
  2. This brings up the Effects drop-down gallery, choose the Reflection option here to open the Reflection sub-gallery shown in Figure 2.

    Reflection sub-gallery within Effects gallery
    Figure 2: Reflection sub-gallery within Effects gallery
  3. The Reflection sub-gallery includes following options:

    A. Reflection Variations

    You can choose any of nine default reflection styles available.

    B. No Reflection

    Use this option to remove an already applied reflection effect from the selected shape.

    C. Reflection Options

    If you want to have more control on the reflection, choose this option. We explain this option in our Advanced Reflection Effect Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
  4. Click on any reflection variation, as shown in Figure 3 to apply it to the selected shape.

    Reflection effect selected
    Figure 3: Reflection effect selected
  5. In Figure 4, you can see that the reflection effect which we selected in the previous step has been applied to the selected shape (compare Figures 1 and 4).

    Reflection effect applied to a Rectangle shape
    Figure 4: Reflection effect applied to a Rectangle shape
  6. Remember to save your presentation often.

Sample Presentation:

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See Also:

Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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