How to Apply Artistic Effects to PowerPoint 2013 Pictures

The Artistic Effects command in PowerPoint 2013 applies one of several special filters to your picture in an effort to make the picture look like it was created by an artist rather than photographed with a $60 digital camera. Depending on the nature of the original picture, the results may or may not be convincing; the only way to find out is to try.

Here is a list of the artistic effects that are available on the Artistic Effects button:

  • Marker

  • Pencil Grayscale

  • Pencil Sketch

  • Line Drawing

  • Chalk Sketch

  • Paint Strokes

  • Paint Brush

  • Glow Diffused

  • Blur

  • Light Screen

  • Watercolor Sponge

  • Film Grain

  • Mosaic Bubbles

  • Glass

  • Cement

  • Texturizer

  • Crisscross Etching

  • Pastels Smooth

  • Plastic Wrap

  • Cutout

  • Photocopy

  • Glow Edges

To apply one of these effects, simply double-click the picture, click the Artistic Effects button on the Picture Tools Format tab, and choose the effect you want from the gallery.

To give you an idea of what these effects can accomplish, this figure shows how a photograph appears with the Pencil Sketch, Watercolor Sponge, and Plastic Wrap filters applied.

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