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Text Effects in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Explore various Text Effects available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Effects range from shadows to reflections, and from bevel and glows to 3D rotations and transforms.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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Text is best left alone most of the time. Plain text with a solid color can look so clean and understated that it really does not make any sense playing too much with its appearance. Yet there are times when you want a single word or phrase to stand out. It's for those few times that you should explore stylizing your text in PowerPoint. Among these stylizing options, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines, and we have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. Now let us learn how to apply and edit various text effects such as Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc, to your text. Follow these steps to learn more in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:

  1. Select the text to which you want to apply a text effect. 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 "blocky", such as Arial Black (see Figure 1). Select the text, or select the entire text container by clicking on the edge of the placeholder, to bring up the Format tab on the Ribbon as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Format tab of the Ribbon
  3. Within the Format tab, click the Effects button highlighted in blue within Figure 1 above.
  4. Note: The Format tab is a Contextual tab. Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They make an appearance only when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using the options within these tabs.
  5. This opens the Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2.
  6. Effects drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Effects drop-down gallery
  7. Let us explore the options within Effects drop-down gallery, as marked in Figure 2. Note that all options within the Effects drop-down gallery for text (except the Transform option) work in the same way as the options within the Effects drop-down gallery for Shapes. So, even though the procedures explained in the linked tutorials below are for shape effects, they work for text effects also:
  8. A. Shadow

  9. Applies shadow effects to the selected text. PowerPoint provides three types of shadows: Outer, Inner and Perspective, and you can apply any of these, or customize them to your requirement. To learn more about this option refer to our Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes tutorial.
  10. B. Reflection

  11. This option applies a reflection to the selected text, and you can choose from several reflection styles. Make sure not to use both shadow and reflection for the same text. To explore this option further, refer to our Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes tutorial.
  12. C. Glow

  13. Glow adds a hazed, blurred color perimeter outside the text. PowerPoint provides several glow variations; the glow colors are based on the Theme colors, although you can also choose any other color you like. Explore more in this tutorial, Apply Glow Effect to Shapes.
  14. D. Bevel

  15. Applies bevel effects to the text. You can also customize your own bevel. Our Apply Bevel Effects to Shapes tutorial provides more info on this option.
  16. E. 3-D Rotation

  17. With this effect type, you can apply parallel, perspective, and oblique 3-D effects to the selected text. For More information, read our Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes tutorial.
  18. F. Transform

  19. Applies any of the preset Transform effects to make your text 'arty'. To learn more about this option refer to our Text Transforms in PowerPoint 2011 tutorial.
  20. Choose any text effect from within the Effects drop-down gallery and apply to your text as required. In Figure 3 you can see the selected text applied with 3-D Rotation, Glow, and Reflection effects.
  21. Text applied with 3-D Rotation, Glow, and Reflection effects
    Figure 3: Text applied with 3-D Rotation, Glow, and Reflection effects
  22. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Text Effects in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Text Effects in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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