Don’t let your text, diagrams or images get overshadowed. In this article you will learn 3 powerful ways to use outer shadow effects to add clarity and readability to your slides.
There are three types of shadow presets available in PowerPoint. They are Outer, Inner and Perspective shadow presets.
There are some useful applications for each of the preset types. In this article, we will take a look at three useful applications of outer shadow presets.
#1 Make your text legible
It is not easy to read text written on a busy picture. However, when you add an outline to text and an outer shadow, the text suddenly looks clear and readable. Here is an example that makes the point:
The visual icons in the fly out menu clearly show the results you can expect when you apply the different outer shadow effects to your shapes.
#2 Made your screenshot standout
Let us say you want to include a screen shot of a slide. Adding just a picture border doesn’t make it stand out enough. When you add a simple shadow preset, the screenshot pops out of the slide immediately as shown in the following example:
Related: See how shadows are used in creating a Stunning 3D PowerPoint Target
#3 Differentiate layers easily
Let us say you want to create a designer slide by arranging a stack of photos one on top of the other. Without a shadow preset, the photos don’t seem to be stacked, because the edges merge with the background. Whereas with the application of a simple shadow preset, you can see how the photos seem to be layered one above the other.
You can observe the effect better when we take a closer look at the edges:
Related: tutorial on creating stack of photos.
Those were just a few of the applications of outer shadow presets. If you have found more applications we request you to share them with us below, so that other viewers can benefit from your ideas.
There are a lot of useful articles on this website that help you understand PowerPoint shadows in detail. Please take time to browse through them to create consistent and remarkable diagrams for your business presentations.
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