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Put a Shadow on a PowerPoint 2007 Object

PowerPoint offers ready-made shadows and, if you are working with a PowerPoint shape, you can fashion a shadow of your own. PowerPoint’s Format Shape dialog box offers plenty of options. The easiest way — and in most cases the only way — to make an object cast a shadow is to rely on an effect or a style.

To make an object cast a shadow, select it, right-click, and choose Format. Then select the Shadow category in the Format Shape dialog box. The dialog box offers these options for handling shadows:

  • Presets: Choose an option from this drop-down list to get a head start in creating your shadow.

  • Color: Choose a color for the shadow.

  • Transparency: Determines how noticeable the shadow is. At 0%, it’s quite noticeable; at 100% it’s hardly apparent.

  • Size: Describes the size of the shadow. For example, a 200% setting makes the shadow twice as large as the shape.

  • Blur: Blurs the edges of the shadow.

  • Angle: Determines the angle of the shadow with respect to the shape.

  • Distance: Determines the distance at which the shadow falls away from the shape.

    Choose shadow settings.
    Choose shadow settings.

You can also add shadows to these PowerPoint objects:

  • Shapes, lines, and text boxes: On the Format tab, open the Shape Effects drop-down list and select a Shadow option.

  • Pictures and clip-art images: On the Format tab, open the Picture Styles gallery and choose a Shadow option.

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