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Advanced Glow Effect Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to make changes to the Glow effect applied to the shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: August 22nd 2011
Last Updated: August 22nd 2011

Glow effects are quite different from other PowerPoint effects -- they add a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. Once you apply a glow effect to any shape in PowerPoint 2011, you may find that the defaults just do not work for you. Especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors -- so if you want to make some changes, probably change the glow color, its spread or transparency, etc. In this tutorial we'll teach you how you can access the advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2011, which make all those changes doable:

  1. Select the shape you want to apply the glow effects to -- or select a shape that already has glow effect applied which you want to edit. Then double click the shape 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 the Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Effects button within the Format tab of the Ribbon

    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 shown in Figure 2. From this drop-down gallery, choose Glow | Glow Options (the last option).

    Glow Options within the Effects drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Glow Options within the Effects drop-down gallery

  3. This opens the Format Shape dialog box with the Glow & Soft Edges option selected in the sidebar, as shown in Figure 3. You can see that the Soft Edges options within this tab have been faded out in Figure 3 since we are discussing only Glow options in this tutorial. You can learn more about Soft Edges options in PowerPoint for Mac here.

    Glow options withing Format Shape dialog box
    Figure 3: Glow options within Format Shape dialog box

    Glow options work with certain parameters, which are explained below as marked in Figure 3:

    1. Color: Allows you to change the glow color. Click color drop-down list to access the Color gallery as (see Figure 4). Here you can choose any color for the glow.

      Glow color options
      Figure 4: Glow color options

      Let us explore the options within this gallery, one by one as marked in Figure 4:

      1. No Glow: This option is used to remove the pre-applied glow effect from the selected shape.

      2. Theme Colors: 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.

      3. Standard Colors: 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'll show you in the next options, although it's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.

      4. Recent Colors: Here you can find the colors most recently used. If you have just launched PowerPoint and created a new presentation, the Recent Colors option may be entirely absent since you haven't selected any color recently!

      5. More Colors: This option summons the Mac OS X Color picker that you can see in Figure 5.

        Mac OS X Color picker
        Figure 5: Mac OS X Color picker

        In this Color picker, you can chose any color from the wheel. Thereafter adjust the selected color's luminosity within the long, thin slider on the right. Once you are happy with the color attained, you click OK to get back to Format Shape dialog box.

    2. Size: Use the size slider or enter the glow size value in percentages to increase or decrease the size (spread) of the glow.

    3. Transparency: Allows you to alter the transparency of the glow. You can use the transparency slider, or type the glow transparency in percentage values.

      Note: When you are making changes to the shape attributes from within Format Shape dialog box, you can see the preview of the changes in the selected shape. So, always place the Format Shape dialog box on the slide such that it won't hide the selected shape.

  4. Once you achieve the glow effect you want, click OK in the Format Shape dialog box to apply the changes and get back to the slide. Figure 6 shows the selected shape (refer to Figure 1) with the edited glow effect.

    Rectangle shape with edited Glow effect
    Figure 6: Rectangle shape with edited Glow effect

  5. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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