Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Applying a Custom Gradient
You can also defi ne your own colors and stops for a gradient, or you can start with one of
the Preset Colors settings. These are different from the single-color presets in the Drawing
Tools Format tab because they are color combinations with predefi ned stops. You can also
start with one of these sets of combinations as a shortcut.
The Gradient Stops slider contains one or more markers, which you can drag to change its
position. To add another stop, click the Add Gradient Stop button; to remove a stop, select
it and click the Remove Gradient Stop button.
The Transparency setting adjusts the amount of transparency that is associated with a
specifi ed stop position in the gradient. You can use this setting to make certain areas of an
object more transparent than others. For example, you could defi ne the same color for all of
the gradient stops but set different levels of transparency for each stop to make an object
seem like it is fading away.
The Rotate with Shape option determines if the gradient rotates when you rotate a shape.
To create a custom gradient, follow these steps:
1. Right-click the object to be filled and choose Format Shape or Format Picture,
depending on the object type. The Format Shape or Format Picture task pane
opens.
2. Click the Fill & Line icon, and then expand the Fill section if it is not already
expanded.
3. Click Gradient Fill. Controls for creating a custom gradient appear (Figure 9.34).
4. (Optional) Select a preset from the Preset Gradients drop-down list. If you
select a preset, PowerPoint predefi nes two or more stops for you in the Gradient
Stops section.
5. Open the Type drop-down list and select the type of gradient you want: Linear,
Radial, Rectangular, or Path.
6. If you chose Linear, Radial, or Rectangular, open the Direction drop-down list
and choose a direction swatch. If you chose Linear, change the incremental value
in the Angle text box as needed to adjust the angle.
7. Mark or clear the Rotate with Shape check box.
8. On the Gradient Stops slider, select the first marker. (You can do them in any
order; I usually start with the leftmost one and work to the right.)
9. Do the following to modify the stop:
a. Open the Color palette and select the color for that position.
b. (Optional) Use the increment buttons to adjust the Position value, or drag the
marker to a different position on the slider.
c. (Optional) Use the increment buttons to adjust the Transparency setting, or
drag its slider. Zero percent is no transparency, while 100 percent is complete
transparency.
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