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Learn the effect designers use to create impressive PowerPoint diagrams. See the video on how to create the sheen effect for your auto shapes.

A simple trick that makes an instant impression

Ever wondered why the diagrams created by presentation designers are more impressive than the ones made by others? The reason is – they use a simple effect in PowerPoint that brings a visible difference to their auto shapes. They use the power of ‘sheen effect’.

What is the ‘Sheen’ PowerPoint Effect?

Sheen is that little transparent spot which reflects light on an object. It makes a regular PowerPoint shape look far more real, 3D and professional. You can make creative diagrams without PowerPoint Shapes as well.

In case you you PowerPoint shapes, see the difference brought about by a simple ‘sheen’ to a rectangular text box:

In this PowerPoint tutorial you’ll learn how to achieve exactly this effect for your auto shapes.

When to use sheen?

You can use sheen in PowerPoint slides…

Learn how to create sheen by watching the following video:

Step by Step Instructions to Creating Sheen in Earlier PowerPoint Versions

Here are the steps to create a sheen in earlier versions of PowerPoint:
  • Add a rectangle shape and remove outline
  • Right click on the shape Fill > Gradient Fill > Preset Color> Moss

The Moss gradient full has 3 Gradient stops. We edited each one as follows…

  • Edit the gradient stops and Set Stop 1 to White fill with 60% transparency
  • Set Stop 2 to White Fill and 85% Transparency
  • Set Stop 3 to White fill and 100% Transparency

Close the Formatting Menu and you’ll get a sheen like this:

Here is what can you do with once you learn to create this effect…

Practical application of sheen effect:

Sheen Effect for Text Boxes

A sheen effect used in a timeline

A sheen effect used in editable Infographics

PowerPoint spheres options

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In each of the above diagram templates we used sheen to get the professional feel to the slides. These sample professional diagram templates are part of the 750+ PowerPoint Charts and Diagrams CEO Pack 1.

A note to keep your presentation professional:

The sheen simulates the effect of light shining on objects. So, when you use sheen, make sure that it is consistent across all objects. Keep the transparency levels and direction of lighting consistent.

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