If you’re familiar with using gradient fill effects in PowerPoint, you will have noticed a change in how PowerPoint 2007 handles gradient effects (see below). In a previous article, I showed how you could reproduce the familiar gradient fill effects from PowerPoint 2003 in PowerPoint 2007.
Now I’ll focus on three new gradient features in PowerPoint 2007 that may open up some new effect options for you.
1. New shading style options
In PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft has reorganized the shading styles into four types: linear, radial, rectangular, and path. The radial shading effect is new, and you have more direction options for each type.
For the Linear shading style, you now have the ability to specify the exact angle of the shading. Depending the shape of the object that you’re filling, it may be helpful to be able to adjust the angle of the linear shading so it better aligns with the object.
2. New gradient positioning
In PowerPoint 2007, you now have more control over the gradient shading effects with the “stop position” setting. You can adjust the stop positions of your colors to create subtle or sharp gradient shading effects. The greater the difference between two stop positions, the more gradual the gradient shading.
For example, the top example below displays the most gradual shading effect (0% to 100%). The bottom example has a more abrupt gradient change as it resembles only a 5% difference (85%-90%). You can also position where the shading begins and ends (compare the two bottom examples below).
3. New custom color gradients
You may be familiar with the preset color gradients that could be applied to shapes in PowerPoint 2003. I don’t think ever used the preset color gradients because they were pretty “loud”, but now you can edit the preset color’s gradient stops to your liking in PowerPoint 2007. You can also create your own custom color gradient combinations with up to 10 gradient stops.
These new gradient features may not be as powerful as something you would see in Photoshop or Illustrator, but they are appreciated by PowerPoint ninjas. Options are good.