Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating 3D shapes, part of PowerPoint 2013: Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts.
- One cool effect that is bound to grab the attention of your audience is to apply 3D affects to objects, such as graphical images that might be on your slide. They'll seem to pop off the slide. That's what we're going to do with our K.E. company info presentation we've been working on. Open up 0701 and go to Slide 8, you'll have exactly what I have. I've taken off the borders and the shadows for these images. They're flat images and we're going to create some effects beginning with this first one. So just give it a click to select it, and then go to the Format tab.
Next, we'll go to Picture Effects, click that drop down, and let's start with the presets. As you hover over some of the presets, you'll see their 3 dimensional effects. Some of them have bevels, some of them have rotation, and that's all built in to the preset. If you don't see something that's exactly right for you, no problem, we can create our own. Totally customizing the 3D effect. Let's start with a bevel. So we'll go down to the bevels, you can see one option, and it is the default is no bevel at all, but down below we have some options.
As we hover over them, we'll see a little tip telling us what it's called, the first one being Circle. And the second one, Relaxed Inset. Let's go down to the last one here which is Art Deco and give it a click. And you can see it's applied, it's kind of subtle right now, but we can make adjustments and we will. Let's start by going up to Picture Effects again, and go down to 3D rotation this time. Again, there are some presets here to choose from. There are Parallel ones and you can see now as we preview some of these effects, we can see that 3 dimensional effect at the bevel.
So, different angles, lying flat, for example. There are some perspective options here as well, and then we have oblique options down below. I kind of like this perspective right up here. Perspective left, we'll give it a click, it's kind of subtle, but that's okay. We can make adjustments. So when we select it, we can kind of see the 3D effect it definitely looks different than the other images, but let's tweak it even further. Now we could go back to Picture Effects, and if we go to Bevel, for example, you'll see 3D options down below.
If we go to 3D Rotation, you'll see 3D Rotation options down below, but you don't have to go back to those options, you can go right to the launcher in the bottom right corner of Picture Styles and this is going to open up the Format Picture pane on the right hand side. So our image is still selected and we should be looking at 3D Format options, these are collapsible and expandable. There's one for 3D Format as well as 3D Rotation. So we'll expand 3D Format if it's not already, you'll see the bevel that was chosen, Art Deco.
And you can see the default width and height, and that's of the bevel itself, I think the bevel's okay. It's the depth, so when we go down to the depth, you can see the Color being used and the Size set to 0. Let's bump this up. Each time we hit the arrow to bump it up half a point, you can see the effects on screen, I'm going to go all the way up to 4 here. And now it's accentuated nicely. Same thing for the Contour, we can bump that up. I think .5 was just right actually, and we'll leave it like that.
Scroll down a little further, you'll also see Material and Lighting options and the Angle of the light to create further effects. If you don't like anything you've done, you can always hit Reset and start over. There's also 3D Rotation options that can be tweaked and we're going to see our preset that's selected. It comes with an X,Y, and Z Rotation, but we can adjust those if we want. Let's bump it up to 30, rotating it even further. We can add distance from the ground so it really seems to come off the slide. And I'm going to go to 1 pt.
And again, you can see there is a Reset button down here if we needed to start over. That looks pretty good, so we'll close up this pane by clicking the Close button in the top right corner. Let's Deselect by clicking off in the background to see the end result. Totally different than the other images. So if we wanted to create the same effect for the other images, we've already talked about this in an earlier movie. We have that Format Painter. Go to the Home tab and choose the Format Painter. Instead of clicking once, double click, and that will allow you to apply the effect to multiple objects, and not just one.
So click the shower head, click the solar panels, click the mini panel, there you go. All four of them have the same effect and we can continue on to other slides if we wanted to apply it to this image of the panel so we have a consistent look and feel. When you're done, you can press escape or click the Format Painter button again to turn it off. So as you can see, adding 3D effects to the images you may have on a slide is a great way to add some visual interest, making them pop off the slides.
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