Adding shadows to graphics in your PowerPoint presentations lends an air of professionalism and sophistication to your project. When conveying information, the more attractively you can package the information, the more likely your audience is to remember it. Read on to learn add shadows to graphics in PowerPoint.
Adding Preset Shading
1. Place your computer cursor over the graphics that you wish to add shadows to. Right-click the mouse.
2. Select the “Format Shape” option. This opens another selection of options; choose “Shade.”
3. Select the “Presets” option and a variety of preset shading choices will be displayed. You can select one of those and then click outside the box to view your work.
Creating Your Own Shading
4. Right click your mouse after placing it over the graphics you want to shade and choose “Format Cells.”
5. Choose “Shading” from the options listed.
6. Adjust the transparency of the shading you want to add to your graphics. You can do this either by entering in a percentage, or by moving the sliding scale with your mouse. You can click out of this box to view your changes.
7. Use the same tools to adjust the size, angle and distance of the shadowing.
8. Add or change the color of your shading. Right-click, choose “Format Cells” and then select “Shading.”
9. Click the small arrow next to the color option and a drop-down box will appear. This box will display a wide variety of colors for you to choose from.