Download Shadow.ppt -
Did you realize there are actually two different
shadow options within PowerPoint? Text Shadow and Shadow (I will
be referring to it as the "Object" Shadow for clarity). Originally,
one was for text while the other was for vector objects (clip-art,
flow chart arrows, circles, boxes, etc. drawn within PowerPoint
or imported from another vector capable program).
I am going to begin by discussing the easier and more common shadow
- the Text Shadow. On most user's toolbar there exists an "S" button.
By highlighting the text you wish to place a shadow and then clicking
on the "S" button in the toolbar, a slight drop shadow will appear.
The downfall is that you have virtually no control over its color
The shadow's position has been locked by PowerPoint, and the color
is pre-determined by the slide's background color.
However, for most text needs, or new-comers to the software this
is a great feature and can really lift the text from the slide.
The other shadow is the "Object" Shadow. This is the more complex
of the two options. In order to access this feature the Shadow toolbar
must be acquired through the Tools-Customize-Toolbars-Shadow Settings
(for more info please read Customizing
your Toolbars). Once activated, the Shadow Settings Toolbar
will appear. I recommend dragging it to a main toolbar so that it
becomes a permanant part of your work space.
It is a very basic toolbar, broken into 3 sets of buttons. The
first button is the on/off, the next four control the direction:
up, down, left, right, and finally the last one lets you select
the shadow's color.
The "Object" Shadow can only be applied to Objects in PowerPoint,
thus it cannot be applied directly to text but rather to the Text
Object . Although that may sound confusing you can try this. Text
is always within a bounding box (or an Object), unlike the Text
Shadow which can be applied to only one word within this box, the
"Object" shadow must be applied to the entire box. Simply select
either the box or some of the text within the box, go to your Shadow
Settings Toolbar and turn on the shadow. Now you can use the directional
tools to move it to various locations with uncanny control, and
finally select the desired color, and of course you can use this
tool to add shadows to your favorite clip-art, flow charts, and
more (see below).
One other cool point to mention is that you can place both the
Text Shadow and the "Object" Shadow onto the same text for more
dramatic effects (as shown above).