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Applying Shape Styles
they are both art objects. In that sense, anything you can do to a picture object—move,
copy, resize, rotate, or delete—you can also do with a shape or line.
But shapes and lines have some peculiarities that pictures don’t. For example, although you
can recolor a picture by changing the overall color wash or mode assigned to it, you
cannot actually change the picture itself. When you create a shape, on the other hand, you can
choose from a wide range of color options to ill the shape—you can blend colors, make
them transparent, choose gradients, and even ill them with textures. And what’s more, you
can add text directly into the shapes so that they are more than just a pretty ornament,
they are functional, too.
Applying Shape Styles
When you first add a shape to your document, it might not look like much—perhaps just a
simple black outline on a white page. You can change that dramatically with a click of the
Select the shape or shapes, and the contextual Drawing Tools appears on the Ribbon. Click
one of the selections in the Shape Styles palette or click the More button in the lower-right
corner of the gallery to display the entire collection, and then click the style you want to
apply to the shape. Suddenly it takes on depth, color, and in some cases, lighting qualities
(see Figure 17-17).
Figure 17-17 Use the Shape Styles to add color, line style, and perspective to your shapes.
Similar to Picture Styles, some of the settings in the Shape Styles are controlled by
the theme currently selected for your document. For example, the colors shown in the
Shape Styles gallery correspond to the overall colors used in the theme currently in use.
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