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Lesson 9: WordArt and Shapes

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Introduction

PowerPoint 2007 Word Art and Shapes There are many features and commands you can use in PowerPoint to create visually appealing slides. Two of these features are WordArt and shapes. WordArt allows you to create stylized text with textures, shadows, and outlines. It can be applied to text on any slide. Additionally, in PowerPoint you can insert a variety of shapes such as lines, arrows, callouts, stars, and basic shapes, including rectangles and circles.

In this lesson, you will learn how to apply and modify WordArt styles, as well as how to insert and modify various shapes on a slide.

Working with WordArt

Download the example to work along with the video.

To apply a WordArt style:

  • Select the text you want to modify. The Format tab will appear.
  • Select the Format tab.
  • Move your cursor over a WordArt style in the WordArt Styles group to see a live preview of the style on the slide.
WordArt Styles
  • Click the More drop-down arrow to see all possible WordArt styles.
More WordArt Styles
  • Click an option to select it.

To change the fill color of a WordArt style:

  • Select the text you want to modify.
  • Click the Text Fill command in the WordArt Styles group.
WordArt Fill Command
  • Move your cursor over a color option to see a live preview on the slide.
  • Click a color to select it.

OR select from the following:

  • No Fill: This option will leave the WordArt text without a fill color.
  • More Fill Colors: This opens a dialog box of color choices you can use as a fill color.
  • Picture: This opens the Insert Picture dialog box. From here, you can select a picture from your computer to use as the fill background.
  • Gradient: This displays a submenu of various gradient options that change how the fill color appears.
  • Textures: This displays a submenu of various textures you can apply to WordArt text.

Working with WordArt

To change the text outline of a WordArt style:

  • Select the text you want to modify. The Format tab will appear.
  • Select the Format tab.
  • Click the Text Outline command in the WordArt Styles group.
Text Outline
  • Move your cursor over a color option to see a live preview on the slide.
  • Click a color to select it.

From the Text Outline menu, you can also choose to apply no outline color, access more colors, change the weight of the line, and change the line style.

To apply a text effect to a WordArt style:

  • Select the text you want to modify. The Format tab will appear.
  • Select the Format tab.
  • Click the Text Effects command. A menu of options will appear.
  • Select a menu option. The options are Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Bevel, 3-D Rotation, and Transform. Each will display a submenu.
Text Effects
  • Click an option from the submenu to select it.

You can use WordArt to create stylized text that is eye catching and professional; however, with so many styles and options, you can also create text that is not appropriate for a presentation, that's difficult to read, or that simply does not look appealing. Remember, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should!

Working with shapes

To insert a shape:

  • Select the Home tab.
  • Click the Shapes command.
  • Click a shape from the menu.
Insert Shape
  • Move your cursor toward the slide. It will appear as a cross shape.
  • Click and hold down the mouse button, and drag the cursor until the shape is the desired size.
Shape Cursor
  • Release the mouse button to insert the shape.

To change a shape style:

  • Select the shape. The Format tab will appear.
  • Select the Format tab.
  • Click the More drop-down arrow in the Shapes Style group to display more style options.
Shape Style
  • Move your cursor over a style to see a live preview of the style on the slide.
  • Click a style to select it.

Working with shapes

To change the shape fill:

  • Select the shape. The Format tab will appear.
  • Select the Format tab.
  • Click the Shape Fill command to display a drop-down list.
  • Select a color from the list, or choose one of the other menu options.
Shape Fill

To change the shape outline:

  • Select the shape. The Format tab will appear.
  • Select the Format tab.
  • Click the Shape Outline command to display a drop-down list.
  • Select a color from the list, or choose one of the other menu options.
Shape Outline

To apply a shape effect:

  • Select the shape you want to modify. The Format tab will appear.
  • Select the Format tab.
  • Click the Shape Effects command.
  • Move your cursor over a menu option. A submenu will appear.
  • Move your cursor over an option in the submenu to see a live preview of the effect on the slide.
Shape Effect
  • Click an option to select the shape effect.

You can resize and move the shape just like you would with text boxes and pictures.

Challenge!

Use the Company Overview presentation or any other presentation you choose to complete this challenge.

  • Open a presentation.
  • Apply a WordArt style to the title slide of the presentation.
  • Change the text fill color.
  • Change the text outline color.
  • Apply a Reflection text effect.
  • Insert a shape.
  • Apply a shape style.
  • Explore the Shape Fill, Shape Outline, and Shape Effects commands.

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