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Formatting a SmartArt Graphic
Formatting a SmartArt Graphic
You can format a SmartArt graphic either automatically or manually. Automatic formatting
is the default, and many PowerPoint users don’t even realize that manual formatting is a
possibility. The following sections cover both.
Applying a SmartArt Style
SmartArt Styles are preset formatting specs (border, fi ll, effects, shadows, and so on) that
you can apply to an entire SmartArt graphic. They make it easy to apply surface texture
effects that make the shapes look refl ective or appear to have 3-D depth or perspective.
SmartArt Styles do not include color changes. Those are separately controlled with the Change Colors button on the
SmartArt Tools Design tab.
To apply a SmartArt style, follow these steps:
1. Select the SmartArt graphic so that the SmartArt Tools Design tab becomes
available.
2. On the SmartArt Tools Design tab, click one of the SmartArt Styles samples (see
Figure 10.19), or open the gallery and select from a larger list (see Figure 10.20).
FIGURE 10.19
Select a SmartArt Style.
Click here to open the
gallery to select styles.
Changing SmartArt Colors
After you apply a SmartArt style, as in the preceding section, you might want to change
the colors used in the graphic.
The easiest way to apply colors is to use the Change Colors button’s menu on the Design tab.
You can select from a gallery of color schemes. As shown in Figure 10.21, you can choose
a Colorful scheme (one in which each shape has its own color, or the shapes at each level
have their own colors), or you can choose a monochrome color scheme based on any of the
current presentation color theme’s color swatches.
 
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