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Applying an Object Fill
Applying an Object Fill
An object can have no fi ll (that is, it can be transparent), or it can be fi lled with a solid
color, a gradient, a texture, a pattern, or a picture. Fills mostly apply to objects that you
draw yourself, such as shapes, charts, and SmartArt. Although Fill commands are available
for imported art such as pictures and clip art, these commands are not commonly applied
to them. Because a picture takes up the entire frame that it is in, any fi ll that you might
apply would not be visible anyway (unless the picture has a transparent color set for it).
With clip art, you might occasionally want to apply a fi ll because most clip art has a trans-
parent background. By applying a fi ll to it, you make the clip art’s background visible so
that it appears to be in a rectangular box rather than fl oating on the background.
PowerPoint 2013 contains some interesting features for working with pictures, including one that helps
you remove the background from a photo. See Chapter 11, “Working with Clip Art and Photos,” for
details.
Solid Fills
To apply a solid fi ll for a shape, or other type of object that uses the Drawing Tools Format
tab, you can choose a fi ll type from the color picker that you access through the Shape Fill
button. See Figure 9.29.
FIGURE 9.29
Use the Shape Fill button’s palette to choose a solid color.
To apply a solid fi ll for an object that uses the Picture Tools Format tab, you must open the
Format Picture task pane, and then click Fill. Follow these steps:
1. Right-click the object and choose Format Picture. The Format Picture task pane
opens.
 
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