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Applying a Custom Gradient
Applying a Custom Gradient
For more gradient options, use the Format Shape (or Format Picture) task pane. This
method works for most types of objects, generally speaking, but not all pictures can take a
gradient. (A .wmf fi le with a transparent background can, for example.)
When setting up a custom gradient, you defi ne stops. A stop is a position along the gradi-
ent that specifi es a certain color. Each stop has three properties: color, stop position, and
transparency. A gradient typically has as many stops as it has colors; however, you can
use the same color for multiple stops. For a default, evenly spaced gradient, the stops are
spaced out evenly, measured in percentages. For example, if you defi ned three stops, they
would be set at 0 percent, 50 percent, and 100 percent. You can also achieve different
effects by spacing out the stops differently. Figure 9.33 shows some examples of various
numbers and positions of stops.
FIGURE 9.33
Gradient stops dei ne when and how the color will change.
Two-color gradient
Stop 1 at 0%
Stop 2 at 100%
Two-color gradient with non-standard stop position
Stop 1 at 0% Stop 2 at 10%
Three-color gradient
Stop 1 at 0%
Stop 2 at 50%
Stop 3 at 100%
Seven-stop gradient
Stop 1
at 0%
Stop 2
at 21%
Stop 3
at 35%
Stop 4
at 52%
Stop 5
at 73%
Stop 6
at 88%
Stop 7
at 100%
You can use the Fill controls in the Format Shape (or Format Picture) task pane to defi ne a
gradient, as shown in Figure 9.34.
 
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