When you upgraded to PowerPoint 2007 from PowerPoint 2003, you might have noticed a big change in the way gradient fill effects work. When I first started using the new gradient fill effect options in PowerPoint 2007, I was a little frustrated with it. I thought that some gradient functionality had actually been removed. However, once you get oriented with the new gradient fill approach, you realize you can do what you did before with gradients and much more.
In this article, I’ll help you to reproduce the same gradient fill effects that you were familiar with in PowerPoint 2003, and then in a subsequent article I’ll highlight the new gradient options available in PowerPoint 2007.
How do I add a one-color gradient effect to a shape in PowerPoint 2007?
In PowerPoint 2003, you could select one color for your shape and then have the option to create light and dark variations. In PowerPoint 2007 when you select the gradient fill, you are given quick access to two sets of light and dark variations based on the color of the shape.
How do I add a two-color gradient effect to a shape in PowerPoint 2007?
In PowerPoint 2003, you can select two colors and blend them together using a gradient effect. In PowerPoint 2007, the steps to create this effect have changed significantly. Follow these steps to blend two colors together with a gradient fill effect in PowerPoint 2007:
- More Gradients button: If you’re going to have more than one color you need to select the More Gradients button at the bottom of the initial gradient menu (see above).
- Gradient direction: You may want to verify that the direction of gradient effect is correct.
- Gradient stops: By default PowerPoint 2007 has three gradient colors or “stops”. In order to create a two-color gradient, you will need to click on any of the three “stops” and delete one using the Remove button (the minimum is two stops).
- Stop positions: You can now choose the two colors that you want and assign them to the two remaining stops. The last thing you’ll need to do is ensure that the stop positions of the two colors are set to 0% and 100%. Note: If both of the color stops have the same stop position setting (i.e., 0%/0% or 100%/100%) then the shape will appear as a solid color with no visible gradient.
How do I make the gradients semi-transparent in PowerPoint 2007?
In PowerPoint 2003, you could adjust the transparency settings of the gradients, but it was somewhat confusing to know which transparency settings applied to which color, especially if the shape was rotated. In PowerPoint 2007, it’s actually more clear how transparency settings apply because transparency levels can be specified for each gradient stop or color.
These three sections have covered the main uses of the gradient fill and how you accomplish them in PowerPoint 2007. In my next article, I’ll cover some of the new features of the gradient fill in PowerPoint 2007.