Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using advanced object formatting effects
Picture Or Texture Fill Selecting the Picture Or Texture Fill option in the Fill
category in the Format Shape task pane reveals a different set of controls. You can select
one of the preset textures in the Texture palette, or you can import an image from a
file on disk, a piece of clip art, or even the current contents of the Clipboard by
clicking the appropriate Insert Picture From button. Selecting the Tile Picture As Texture
option repeats an image as needed to ill the selected shape; if this option is not
selected, a single instance of an image is placed in the center of the selected shape.
You can use the Offset option to specify a distance (in points) to offset the image
from the edges of the shape, and use the Scale options to control the size of the
image.
Line options The Line options in the Format Shape task pane don’t contain any
surprises; these categories are where you control the formatting of lines and arrows.
You can create gradient lines and compound lines; you can specify different styles of
dashed lines and arrowheads; you can add square, round, or lat caps to the end of
lines; you can specify a percentage of transparency to solid lines; and you can specify
round, bevel, or miter intersections where lines meet.
Applying shadows
Clicking the Effects icon in the Format Shape task pane displays categories you use to apply
various special effects, including shadows. Clicking the Shadows category in the Format
Shape task pane adds depth to any graphic object. In Figure 10-40, we created a shape,
right-clicked it, and then clicked Format Shape. We then clicked the Effects icon and then
clicked the Shadow category and applied shadow effects. When you click the Presets
button, options appear for a number of built-in shadow configurations. After you apply a
shadow effect, you can modify it using the sliders in the task pane.
Note
The same shadow presets in the Format Shape task pane are available on the ribbon; on
the Format tab under Drawing Tools, which appears when a graphic object is selected,
you can find the shadow presets by clicking the Shape Effects button and then clicking
Shadow.
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