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Applying Picture Effects

You can change the look of a picture by applying effects (New!), such as shadows, glow, reflections, 3-D rotations, and text transformation. You can also apply effects to a shape by using the Picture Shape gallery for quick results, or by using the Format Picture dialog box for custom results. From the Quick Styles and Effects gallery, you can apply a built-in combination of 3-D effects or individual effects to a picture. If you don’t care for the results, you can use undo to remove it.

Add an Effect to a Picture

  • yellow-circle-01.gif Click the picture you want to change.

  • yellow-circle-02.gif Click the Formatting Palette tab on the Toolbox.
  • yellow-circle-03.gif Click the Quick Styles and Effects panel to expand it.
  • yellow-circle-04.gif Click the one of the following sub-tabs to display an effect:

    • Quick Styles to select one of the styles.
    • Shadows to select one of the shadow types.
    • Glows to select one of the glow variations.
    • Reflections to select one of the reflection variations.
    • 3-D Effects to select one of the 3-D variations.
    • Text Transformations to select one of the WordArt variations.
  • yellow-circle-05.gif Click the scroll up or down arrows to see additional styles.
  • yellow-circle-06.gif Click the effect you want from the gallery to apply it to the selected picture.
  • yellow-circle-07.gif To specify additional picture options, click More Options, select the options you want, and then click OK.

Customize a Shadow or Reflection

  • yellow-circle-01.gif Click the picture with the shadow you want to change.

  • yellow-circle-02.gif Click the Formatting Palette tab on the Toolbox.
  • yellow-circle-03.gif To customize a shadow, click the Shadows panel to expand it, and then specify any of the following options:

    • Shadow. Clear the check box to remove the shadow.
    • Angle. Drag the dial or specify a degree to adjust the shadow angle.
    • Style. Select a shadow style: Inner, Outer, or Perspective.
    • Color. Select a color for the shadow.
    • Distance. Select a distance (in points) for the shadow.
    • Blur. Select a distance (in points) to blur the shadow.
    • Transparency. Select an percentage to make the shadow transparent.
  • yellow-circle-04.gif To customize a reflection, click the Reflections pane to expand it, and then specify any of the following options:

    • Reflection. Clear the check box to remove the reflection.
    • Transparency. Select a percentage to make the reflection transparent.
    • Size. Select a percentage size for the reflection.
    • Distance. Select a distance (in points) for the reflection.
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