Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Changing an Object’s Color, Outline Color, and Transparency
Figure 4-12 shows the same object filled with a color, picture, gradient, and
texture. Which do you prefer? Your choices are as follows:
✦ Color: Applies a single color to the object.
✦ Picture: Places a picture in the object. You see the Insert Picture dialog
box. Choose a picture and click the Insert button.
✦ Gradient (Word and PowerPoint only): Applies gradient color shading
to the object. You can choose between various shading styles.
✦ Texture: Offers 24 patterns meant to simulate various surfaces. The
choices include Granite, Paper Bag, and Pink Tissue Paper. Be sure to
use the scroll bar to see all the choices.
✦ Pattern: Applies a pattern to the object. Select a pattern on the Pattern
tab of the Fill Effects dialog box.
Making a color transparent
A transparent color is like gauze because instead of being solid, it shows
what’s behind it. Transparent colors are especially useful in text boxes
because the text shows through and can be read easily. Follow these steps
to make the fill color in a text box, shape, or WordArt image transparent or
1. Right-click the object and choose Format Shape.
The Format task pane opens (see Figure 4-12).
2. In the Fill category, drag the Transparency slider to choose how
transparent a color you want.
At 100%, the color is completely transparent and, in fact, not there; at
1%, the color is hardly transparent at all.
Designating a fill and outline
color for all your objects
Rather than go to the significant trouble of
giving all or most of your objects the same
look, you can make one object the model for all
others to follow and declare it the default style.
After that, all new objects you insert appear
in the same style, your objects have a uniform
appearance, and you don’t have to spend as
much time formatting objects.
Select an object with a fill and an outline
color that you want as your model, right-click
the object, and choose Set As Default Shape
to make your object the default that all other
objects start from.