Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adding and Formatting Shape Text
Table 17-2 Shape Fill Options
Choose
When You Want to
A color
Fill the shape with a color you select
No Fill
Display no ill color or pattern in the shape
More Fill Colors
Choose a color other than the ones shown in the Theme Colors and
Standard Colors areas of the palette
Picture
Fill the shape with a photo or other image
Gradient
Give the shape lighting effects and perspective
Texture
Add a textured appearance—such as sand, wood, metal, or fabric—
to the selected shape
Choosing a Custom Color
W hen you click More Colors, the Custom Colors dialog box appears, in which you
can choose a specific hue. You can choose a color either by using the crosshair
or the slider bar to the right of the display area. Beneath the display area, you see Red,
Green, and Blue value boxes that reflect the color values indicated by the crosshair
and slider bar. The Red, Green, and Blue value boxes specify exact RGB color values for
graphics. If you know the RGB values of a specific color you want to use, you can enter
those values in the appropriate boxes, or you can click the up and down arrows to
scroll through values. Click OK to save your choice.
Making Shapes Transparent
When you click More Fill Colors, the Custom tab of the Colors dialog box appears. At the
bottom of the tab, you see a Transparency slider. You can use the Transparency option to
determine the degree to which another shape, text, image, chart, or page background is
visible through the shape.
By default, a shape is set to 0% transparency (opaque) when it is created. To increase the
transparency, simply drag the slider to the right. When transparency is set to 100%, the
background object will be completely visible through the shape. For most purposes, using a
setting of 50 to 60% enables you to see the image behind the shape without losing sight of
the shape itself.
 
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