Add or change an effect for a picture

You can enhance your picture by adding effects, such as shadows, glows, reflections, soft edges, bevels, and three-dimensional (3-D) rotations to it.

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Excel

  1. Click the picture that you want to add an effect to.

To add the same effect to multiple pictures, click the first picture, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other pictures.

  1. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Picture Styles group, click Picture Effects.

Picture Tools, Format tab

If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, double-click the picture to make sure that you selected it. If you see [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name at the top of the Office Excel 2007 window, try saving your document as an 2007 Microsoft Office system document instead of an Office 2003 document, and then try again.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To add or change a built-in combination of effects, point to Preset, and then click the effect that you want.

To customize the built-in effect, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click the shadow that you want.

To customize the shadow, click Shadow Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the Shadow pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a reflection, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection variation that you want.
  • To add or change a glow, point to Glow, and then click the glow variation that you want.

To customize the glow colors, click More Glow Colors, and then choose the color that you want. To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab do not update if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.). For more information about themes, see All about themes, Quick Styles, cell styles, and background styles.

  • To add or change a soft edge, point to Soft Edges, and then click the size of the edge that you want.
  • To add or change an edge, point to Bevel, and then click the bevel that you want.

To customize the bevel, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a 3-D rotation, point to 3-D Rotation, and then click the rotation that you want.

To customize the rotation, click 3-D Rotation Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Rotation pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Shape dialog box.

  • To remove an effect that you've added to the picture, point to the menu entry for the effect, and then click the option to remove the effect. For example, to remove a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click No Shadow.

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Outlook

For one picture

  1. Click the picture that you want to add an effect to.
  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Picture Styles group, click Picture Effects.

Picture Tools, Format tab

If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, double-click the picture to make sure that you selected it. If you see [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name at the top of the Office Outlook 2007 window, try saving your document as an 2007 Microsoft Office system document instead of an Office 2003 document, and then try again.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To add or change a built-in combination of effects, point to Preset, and then click the effect that you want.

To customize the built-in effect, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click the shadow that you want.

To customize the shadow, click Shadow Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the Shadow pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a reflection, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection variation that you want.
  • To add or change a glow, point to Glow, and then click the glow variation that you want.

To customize the glow colors, click More Glow Colors, and then choose the color that you want. To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab do not update if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.). For more information about themes, see All about themes, Quick Styles, cell styles, and background styles.

  • To add or change a soft edge, point to Soft Edges, and then click the size of the edge that you want.
  • To add or change an edge, point to Bevel, and then click the bevel that you want.

To customize the bevel, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a 3-D rotation, point to 3-D Rotation, and then click the rotation that you want.

To customize the rotation, click 3-D Rotation Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Rotation pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To remove an effect that you've added to the picture, point to the menu entry for the effect, and then click the option to remove the effect. For example, to remove a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click No Shadow.

For multiple pictures simultaneously

  1. Right-click each picture that you want to add an effect to, and then on the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.), point to Text Wrapping.
  2. Click Square or any option other than In Line with Text.
  3. Insert a drawing canvas. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes, and then click New Drawing Canvas.

Insert tab

  1. Cut and paste the pictures that you want to add an effect to onto the drawing canvas.
  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shadow Effects group, click the arrow next to Shadow Effects, and then choose the shadow that you want.

Picture Tools, Format tab

If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, double-click the picture to make sure that you selected it. If you see [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name at the top of the Office Outlook 2007 window, try saving your document as an 2007 Microsoft Office system document instead of an Office 2003 document, and then try again.

To customize the shadow color, point to Shadow Color, and then click the color that you want.

To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Shadow Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab do not update if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.). For more information about themes, see All about themes, Quick Styles, cell styles, and background styles.

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PowerPoint

  1. Click the picture that you want to add an effect to.

To add the same effect to multiple pictures, click the first picture, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other pictures.

  1. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Picture Styles group, click Picture Effects.

Picture Tools, Format tab

If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, double-click the picture to make sure that you selected it. If you see [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name at the top of the Office PowerPoint 2007 window, try saving your document as an 2007 Microsoft Office system document instead of an Office 2003 document, and then try again.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To add or change a built-in combination of effects, point to Preset, and then click the effect that you want.

To customize the built-in effect, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click the shadow that you want.

To customize the shadow, click Shadow Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the Shadow pane of the Format Picture dialog box, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a reflection, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection variation that you want.
  • To add or change a glow, point to Glow, and then click the glow variation that you want.

To customize the glow colors, click More Glow Colors, and then choose the color that you want. To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab do not update if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.). For more information about themes, see All about themes, Quick Styles, cell styles, and background styles.

  • To add or change a soft edge, point to Soft Edges, and then click the size of the edge that you want.
  • To add or change an edge, point to Bevel, and then click the bevel that you want.

To customize the bevel, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a 3-D rotation, point to 3-D Rotation, and then click the rotation that you want.

To customize the rotation, click 3-D Rotation Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Rotation pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To remove an effect that you've added to the picture, point to the menu entry for the effect, and then click the option to remove the effect. For example, to remove a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click No Shadow.

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Word

For a picture outside a drawing canvas

  1. Click the picture that you want to add an effect to.
  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Picture Styles group, click Picture Effects.

Picture Tools, Format tab

If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, double-click the picture to make sure that you selected it. If you see [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name at the top of the Office Word 2007 window, try saving your document as an 2007 Microsoft Office system document instead of an Office 2003 document, and then try again.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To add or change a built-in combination of effects, point to Preset, and then click the effect that you want.

To customize the built-in effect, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click the shadow that you want.

To customize the shadow, click Shadow Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the Shadow pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a reflection, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection variation that you want.
  • To add or change a glow, point to Glow, and then click the glow variation that you want.

To customize the glow colors, click More Glow Colors, and then choose the color that you want. To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab do not update if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.). For more information about themes, see All about themes, Quick Styles, cell styles, and background styles.

  • To add or change a soft edge, point to Soft Edges, and then click the size of the edge that you want.
  • To add or change an edge, point to Bevel, and then click the bevel that you want.

To customize the bevel, click 3-D Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Format pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To add or change a 3-D rotation, point to 3-D Rotation, and then click the rotation that you want.

To customize the rotation, click 3-D Rotation Options, and then choose the options that you want. For additional information about the options in the 3-D Rotation pane, click Help Help button image at the top of the Format Picture dialog box.

  • To remove an effect that you've added to the picture, point to the menu entry for the effect, and then click the option to remove the effect. For example, to remove a shadow, point to Shadow, and then click No Shadow.

For one picture or more pictures in a drawing canvas

Only shadow effects can be added in to pictures in a drawing canvas. It is not possible to add other effects such as reflections, glows, soft edges, bevels, or 3-D rotations.

  1. Click the picture that you want to add a shadow effect to.

 Note   To add the same effect to multiple pictures, you must change the text wrapping style and copy the pictures to a drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.). (After adding or changing the effect, you can copy them back to the original location in your document.) To change the text wrapping style, right-click each picture, and on the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.), point to Text Wrapping. Then click Square or any option other than In Line with Text.

  1. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shadow Effects group, click the arrow next to Shadow Effects, and then choose the shadow that you want.

Picture Tools, Format tab

If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, double-click the picture to make sure that you selected it. If you see [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name at the top of the Office Word 2007 window, try saving your document as an 2007 Microsoft Office system document instead of an Office 2003 document, and then try again.

To customize the shadow color, point to Shadow Color, and then click the color that you want.

To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Shadow Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab do not update if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.). For more information about themes, see All about themes, Quick Styles, cell styles, and background styles.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007