Format Text Effects (Text Fill pane)

Fill refers to the interior of a WordArt or character.

 Notes 

  • When you change options in this dialog box, the changes are immediately applied to your WordArt or text, making it easy to see the effects of the changes in your WordArt or text without closing the dialog box. However, since the changes are instantly applied, it is not possible to click Cancel in this dialog box. To remove changes, you must click UndoButton image on the Quick Access Toolbar for each change that you want to remove.
  • You can simultaneously undo multiple changes that you made to one dialog box option, as long as you did not make changes to another dialog box option in between.
  • You may want to move the dialog box so that you can see both the WordArt and the dialog box at the same time.

No fill    To make a WordArt transparent or colorless, or to remove fill from a WordArt, click this option.

Solid fill    To add color and transparency to a WordArt, click this option.

Gradient fill    To add a gradient (gradient: A gradual progression of colors and shades, usually from one color to another color, or from one shade to another shade of the same color.) fill to a WordArt, click this option.

Picture or texture fill    To use a picture as fill for a WordArt or to add texture to a WordArt, click this option.

Solid fill

Color    To choose a color for the shape, click ColorButton image, 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 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 are not updated 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.).

Transparency    To specify how much you can see through a WordArt, move the Transparency slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider. You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0 (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

Gradient fill

Preset colors    To choose a built-in gradient fill, click Preset colorsButton image, and then click the option that you want.

Type    To specify the direction to use when drawing the gradient fill, select an option from the list. The Type that you select determines the available Direction.

Direction    To choose a different progression of color and shades, click Direction, and then click the option that you want. The Directions that are available depend on the gradient Type that you choose.

Angle    To specify the angle that the gradient fill is rotated within the WordArt, enter the degree value that you want. This option is available only when you select Linear as the Type.

Gradient stops

Gradient stops consist of a position, a color, and a transparency value. The transparency value applies to the gradient stop, not to the overall fill. Gradient stops are used to create non-linear gradients. For example, if you want to create a gradient that goes from red to green to blue, you need to add three gradient stops — one for each color. Or, if you want to create a gradient that shows up only in the corner of a WordArt, you need to use gradient stops to make the gradient non-linear.

Stop list    The gradient fill is made up of several gradient stops, but you can change only one gradient stop at a time. When you click the gradient stop that you want to edit in the list, the position, color, and transparency options reflect the current settings for that gradient stop.

Add    To add a gradient stop, click Add, and then set the Stop position, Color, and Transparency that you want.

Remove    To delete a gradient stop, click the Stop number in the list that you want to delete, and then click Remove.

Stop position     To set the location for the color and transparency change in the gradient fill, move the Stop position slider or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

Color    To choose the color used for the gradient stop, click ColorButton image, 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 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 are not updated 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.).

Transparency     To specify how much you can see through the WordArt at the specified Stop position, move the Transparency slider or enter a number in the box next to the slider. You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0 (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

Picture or texture fill

Texture    To choose a built-in texture, click this button, and then click the option that you want.

Insert from

File    To insert a picture from a file, click this button, and then locate the picture that you want to add. Double-click the picture to insert it.

Clipboard    To paste a picture from the Clipboard or another program, copy the picture, and then click this button.

ClipArt    To insert ClipArt, click this button, and then in the Search text box, type a word that describes the clip (clip: A single media file, including art, sound, animation, or movies.) that you want, or type in all or some of the file name of the clip. To include ClipArt that is available on Office Online in your search, select the Include content from Office Online check box, click Go, and then click the clip to insert it.

Tile picture as texture    A picture fill can either be stretched to fit across the selected WordArt or tiled (repeated horizontally and vertically) to fill the WordArt. To use multiple copies of the same picture as a texture for the WordArt, select this check box.

Stretch Options

Offsets

Offsets determine how much to scale a picture to fit a WordArt relative to the left, right, top, and bottom of the WordArt. Positive numbers move the picture edge toward the center of the WordArt, and negative numbers move the picture edge away from the WordArt.

Left    To specify a percentage for the picture or texture from the left border of the WordArt, enter a number in the box.

Right    To specify a percentage for the picture or texture from the right border of the WordArt, enter a number in the box.

Top    To specify a percentage for the picture or texture from the top border of the WordArt, enter a number in the box.

Bottom    To specify a percentage for the picture or tile from the bottom border of the WordArt, enter a number in the box.

Tiling options

The options below determine the scaling factor for the texture fill.

Offset X    To shift the entire tiled picture fill to the left (negative numbers) or the right (positive numbers), enter a number in the box.

Offset Y    To shift the entire tiled picture fill up (negative numbers) or down (positive numbers), enter a number in the box.

Scale X    To specify a percentage for the horizontal scaling of the original image, enter a number in the box.

Scale Y    To specify a percentage for the vertical scaling of the original image, enter a number in the box.

Alignment    Alignment describes the anchor position where the picture tiling begins. To specify the placement of the tiled picture or texture, select an option from the list.

Mirror type    To specify whether the alternating horizontal or vertical tiles display a mirror or flip image with every other tile, select an option from the list.

Transparency    To specify how much you can see through the picture or texture, move the Transparency slider or enter a number in the box next to the slider. You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0 (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

Rotate with shape    To rotate the application of the picture or texture with the rotation of the WordArt, select this check box.

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