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Applying Object Effects
Applying Object Effects
Object effects are special transformations such as refl ections, glows, and bevels. You can
apply object effects from the Shape Effects or Picture Effects button on the Format tab,
depending on the object type. The available effects are nearly identical for all types of
objects, except for the different names of the buttons from which you select them. The fol-
lowing sections explain each effect.
Presets (in the context of object effects) are 3-D effects. They include combinations of gra-
dient fi lls and edge formatting (such as bevels) that make an object appear to have some
depth. You can start with one of these presets as a shortcut to a more complex effect, or
you can just use them as they are. Figure 9.38 shows some of the presets applied to a circle.
You can use presets to apply 3-D object effects.
You can create outer, inner, or perspective shadows, as shown in Figure 9.39. At fi rst
glance, an inner shadow might look the same as an outer one, but if you increase an inner
shadow’s size, you will notice that the increased size of the shadow decreases the size of
the object — that is, the shadow cuts into the object rather than appearing behind it as a
separate element.
From the drop-down menu of the Shape Effects or Picture Effects button, select Shadow and
then click one of the shadow presets, or click More Shadows to open Shadow controls in the
task pane, shown in Figure 9.40. To fi ne-tune a shadow, you can start with one of the pre-
sets from the Presets drop-down menu, customize it by choosing a color, and then drag the
sliders for each of the shadow attributes: Transparency, Size, Blur, Angle, and Distance.
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