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Gradient Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to add gradient fills to selected text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Try and use gradient fills for text in larger sizes for best results.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






Text filled with a gradient can look contemporary and classic, or even ghastly and gaudy! It all depends on the type of gradients you use for your text. Look at the slide shown below in Figure 1. Notice that the gradient used for text on the top part of the slide has an unnecessary large number of colors that make it look too colorful. The gradient used for the text on the bottom part of the slide looks so much better than conventional text filled with a solid color.

Two examples of gradient fills for text
Figure 1: Two examples of gradient fills for text.

There are some more guidelines that will help you create great looking gradient fills for your text:

  • Gradient fills look great as text fills only when your text is fairly large sized.
  • Using more colors in the gradient fill may make your text distracting.
  • Try to use the gradient colors which contrast with the slide background.
  • Also use gradient colors that are not too different so that you achieve a subtle merge of colors.

Follow these steps to learn how to apply a gradient fill to your text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select text to which you want to apply a gradient fill. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, insert a text box on a blank slide and type some text in it. Also, change the text font to something "blockier", such as Arial Black (see Figure 2). Select the text, or the entire text box to bring up the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  2. Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: 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 within these tabs.
  4. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the WordArt Styles group. Then select the Text Fill button that you can see highlighted in red within Figure 3.
  5. Text Fill button within WordArt Styles group
    Figure 3: Text Fill button within WordArt Styles group
  6. This opens the Text Fill drop-down gallery. In this drop-down gallery, select the Gradient option (highlighted in red within Figure 4) to open Gradient sub-gallery as shown in Figure 4 (highlighted in blue).
  7. Gradient sub-gallery
    Figure 4: Gradient sub-gallery
  8. Let us explore the three options within Gradient sub-gallery:
  9. No Gradient

  10. This is the option you can use to change the gradient fill of the selected text to a solid fill.
  11. Variations

  12. Here are some preset gradient fill variations for your text. Just click on any of them to apply to the selected text.
  13. More Gradients

  14. This option allows you to create your own gradients. Selecting this option opens the Format Text Effects dialog box. In this dialog box, make sure to select the Gradient fill radio button as shown in Figure 5.
  15. Gradient fill options within Format Text Effects dialog box
    Figure 5: Gradient fill options within Format Text Effects dialog box
  16. To learn more about the options within this dialog box, refer to the More Gradients page. Although, the linked tutorial pertains to shapes, the concepts are similar enough except the Rotate with shape option, which is not available for Text fill.
  17. Within the Gradient sub-gallery, click on the gradient type you want to use as a fill for your selected text. You can also edit the gradient further using the More Gradients option. Figure 6 shows the selected text with a gradient fill applied.
  18. Text with gradient fill applied
    Figure 6: Text with gradient fill applied
  19. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Gradient Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Gradient Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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