Powerpoint 2007 Picture Effects


Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 offers six picture effects that enable you to enhance the pictures in your presentation. These effects each offer many options for customization. To apply effects to a selected picture, go to the "Picture Tools--Format" tab and click the "Picture Effects" button. From the menu, select either a preset option or a specific picture effect.

Shadow Effects

  • One easy way to enhance the appearance of a picture is to apply a shadow effect. You can apply the effect to be subtle with an outer or inner shadow in one of nine locations (upper-right, upper-left, top, center and so forth). Or, if you're looking for a more dramatic effect, apply a perspective shadow that extends far beyond the picture itself. To remove a shadow you've applied, select the "No Shadow" button.

Reflection Effects

  • A reflection is similar to an outer shadow, but uses a mirrored effect. PowerPoint offers nine reflection variations that let you specify how much of the picture to reflect. For example, you can reflect the entire picture, half of it or just a small portion. You can also choose whether you want the reflection to touch your picture or be offset by a certain number of points.

Glow Effects

  • A glow effect surrounds the outside of your picture. By default, PowerPoint lets you select from one of six glow colors that blend with your presentation's theme. If the default colors don't suit your needs, click "More Glow Colors" to select a custom color from the Theme Colors gallery. You can also specify the size of the glow effect with four options ranging in size from 5 points to 18 points.

Soft Edge Effects

  • Applying soft edges to your picture provides a subtle way to enhance it by gently blurring its edges. PowerPoint enables you to choose how much of your picture's edge you want to blur. For example, you can select 2.5 points to blur the edges only slightly or 25 points to apply a hazy effect. Be aware that if your picture is small, applying soft edges at 50 points could make your picture disappear.

Bevel Effects

  • Adding a bevel effect is another way to customize a picture in PowerPoint. A bevel is a sloping edge that surrounds your picture. PowerPoint offers 12 kinds of bevel effects, including the circle, relaxed inset, slope, hard edge and art deco bevel. To enhance the bevel even more, consider applying 3-D effects to it or changing its color.

3-D Rotation Effects

  • Applying a 3-D rotation to your picture is the most dramatic picture effect. PowerPoint offers three types of 3-D rotations: parallel, perspective and oblique. You can also specify how far to the left or right you want to rotate. For even more control, click "3-D Rotation Options" to customize using the Format Picture dialog box. Be careful not to overdo 3-D effects, however. Your audience must still be able to recognize your picture.

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