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Using advanced object formatting effects
Linear, Rectangular, Radial, or Path, which follows the contours of the selected object.
You can select a ill direction for any gradient type except Path. You can specify an
angle—the point from which the gradient emanates—from 0 to 359.9 degrees. The
Direction settings are presets of the Angle setting; both settings are applicable only
to linear gradients.
Note
The controls used most often in the Fill & Line, Effects, and Size & Properties
categories in the Format Shape task pane are available directly on the ribbon. On
the Format tab under Drawing Tools, which appears when you select a graphic
object, click the Shape Fill or Shape Outline menu.
Gradient Stops You can create complex, nonlinear gradients using the Gradient
Stops controls, which let you specify up to 10 intervals of gradation using varying
amounts of color and transparency. To get an idea how this works, select any of the
more colorful samples in the Preset Gradients list and then look at the Gradient Stops
bar. For example, the first preset, named Light Gradient – Accent 1, has four gradient
stops. All are set to the same color, but each has different settings for Position,
Transparency, and Brightness—the controls below the Gradient Stops slider. The Position
control determines where along the gradient path the selected stop comes into play.
For example, if you want to create a three-color gradient, you can add stops at 50
percent and 100 percent for a fairly even gradient or at 10 percent and 80 percent to
emphasize the middle color. You can also use the Transparency slider to add varying
amounts of transparency to each gradient stop. For example, you could set a shape
to be 0 percent transparent on one end of the scale and 80 percent on the other end,
revealing varying amounts of the worksheet below the shape.
Note
If you find that you keep applying the same formatting options to objects you
create, you can easily make these hard-earned formats the default for all new
objects you create. Right-click any object that’s formatted the way you like, and
click Set As Default Shape. The command name might change, depending on the
object you select. Note that you must right-click the border of a text box, not the
text area, to display the Set As Default Shape command.
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