We have already showed you how you can apply a shadow effect to a shape in PowerPoint 2007. This detailed tutorial goes beyond those options and shows you how you can work further with shadows.
Follow these steps to get started:
- Select the shape you want to apply the effect to, or maybe a shape that already has an effect applied. Selecting a shape activates the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon. Activate this tab and locate the Shape Effects button that you can see in Figure 1 (highlighted in red at the bottom right of the Figure).
Figure 1: Shape Effects
- This brings up the Shape Effects dropdown gallery as you can see in Figure 2. From the Shape Effects dropdown gallery, choose Shadow | Shadow Options (the last option). The other options have already been covered.
Figure 2: Shadow Options
- This opens the Shadow tab of the Format Shape dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Format Shape dialog box
- The options in this dialog box are explained below:
- Click the downward arrow next to the icon, which brings up the similar shadow gallery that you can see in Figure 2 above. These have been explained in another page.
- Allows you to change the shadow color. Click the downward arrow next to color icon to access a flyout menu as (refer to Figure 4). Here you can choose any color for the shadow.
Figure 4: Shadow color
- Theme Colors: 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.
- Standard Colors: 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. Although, it's a good design idea to use theme colors as far as possible.
- 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!
- More Colors...: Provides more color choices. Selecting this option summons the Colors dialog box with two tabs: Standard and Custom. First select the Standard tab (see Figure 5).
Figure 5: Standard tab of the Colors dialog box
- This tab offers 127 colors in a honeycomb style palette, 14 gray shades, black and white. You can even change the transparency value of the selected shadow color in the Transparency slider below anything from 0% transparent (opaque) to 100% transparent.
- If you want more color choices, then select the Custom tab of the same dialog box, as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Custom tab of the Colors dialog box
- In this tab, you can chose 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! Again, you can even change the transparency value of the selected color in the Transparency slider below.
- Click OK to exit this dialog box.
- Allows you to alter the transparency of the shadow. You can use the slider, or type the shadow transparency value in percentages.
- Use the slider or enter the shadow size value in percentages to increase or decrease the size (spread) of the shadow.
- This option makes the edges of the shadow more feathered (merged with the background). Again you can use the slider, or enter the blur value in points.
- This slider changes the angle of the shadow in relation to the shape.
- Allows you to format the starting and the ending point of the shadow in relation to the position of the shape. You can use the slider or insert the distance value in points.
- Click Close to apply the shadow changes, and get back to the slide.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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