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Microsoft Office 2003

Using the Fill Effects Dialog Box

A highly customized look for shapes and text boxes can be created by adding a gradient, pattern, texture, or picture as fill. However, only one of these effects may be applied to your object. You can create a customized look by using the Fill Effects dialog box. The many options available through the tabs in this dialog box are discussed in this document.

return to topAccessing the Fill Effects Dialog Box

  1. Select the shape(s) that you want to adjust

  2. From the Format menu, select AutoShape...
    OR  
    Right click the shape » select Format AutoShape...
    The Format AutoShape dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Colors and Lines tab

  4. In the Fill section, from the Color pull-down list, select Fill Effects...
    The Fill Effects dialog box appears.

return to topAdding Color Gradient

Rather than filling an object or text box with one color, you may want to fill it with gradations of one or two colors.

  1. Access the Fill Effects dialog box

  2. Select the Gradient tab
    Fill Effects dialog box, Gradient tab

  3. Under the Colors section, select One color, Two colors, or Preset
    Your selection will determine further options available to you.

  4. If you selected One color, use the Dark/Light scroll bar to adjust the darkness and lightness of the gradient
    If you selected Two colors, from the Color 1 and Color 2 pull-down lists, select the other colors you want to use
    If you selected Preset, from the Preset colors pull-down list, select a preset color combination

  5. Under the Shading styles section, select your style option
    Variants of your shading style appear in the Variants section. 

  6. From the Variants section, select the style you prefer
    Your selection appears as the Sample.

  7. When satisfied with your selections, click OK

  8. Click OK

return to topAdding Texture

You may decide that you want to add texture to your color. You can choose from the Office preset textures or use a graphic file that you have downloaded or created.

Adding Texture: Preset

  1. Access the Fill Effects dialog box

  2. Select the Texture tab
    Fill Effects dialog box, Texture tab

  3. Click a texture to select it
    Your selection appears as the Sample. 

  4. Click OK

  5. Click OK

Adding Texture: From a File

  1. Access the Fill Effects dialog box

  2. Select the Texture tab

  3. Click OTHER TEXTURE...
    The Select Texture dialog box appears.

  4. Using the Look in pull-down list, navigate to and select the graphic file you want to use

  5. Click INSERT
    In the Fill Effects dialog box, your selection appears as the Sample.

  6. Click OK

  7. Click OK

return to topAdding a Pattern

Office offers 48 patterns to fill your object. You may choose the background and foreground colors.

  1. Access the Fill Effects dialog box

  2. Select the Pattern tab
    Fill Effects dialog box, Pattern tab

  3. From the Pattern section, click a pattern to select it

  4. From the Foreground pull-down list, select a color 
    This is the color of the lines or pattern.
    The Sample reflects your choice.

  5. From the Background pull-down list, select a color  
    This is the color the pattern will appear on.
    The Sample reflects your choice.

  6. Continue to adjust your selections until the Sample reflects the pattern and colors you want

  7. Click OK

  8. Click OK

return to topAdding a Picture

Office gives you the option of filling your object with an image that you have downloaded or created.

  1. Access the Fill Effects dialog box

  2. Select the Picture tab
    Fill Effects dialog box, Picture tab

  3. Click SELECT PICTURE...
    The Select Picture dialog box appears.

  4. Using the Look in pull-down list, navigate to and select the graphic file you want to use

  5. Click INSERT
    In the Fill Effects dialog box, your selection appears in the Picture section.

  6. Click OK

  7. Click OK

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