Shapes and WordArt

Use PowerPoint Word Art to draw attention to specific elements. Also learn how to use PowerPoint shapes in this free lesson.

3D effects

There are two types of effects you can apply to your shapes and text boxes to give them a 3D appearance: Bevel and 3-D Rotation. Bevel adds thickness and a rounded edge to shapes, but it doesn't work with every type of shape. 3-D Rotation gives the appearance that you are viewing the object from a different angle, and it can be applied to any shape.

To add a bevel:

  1. Select the shape or text box you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over Bevel and select the desired bevel preset.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Choosing a bevel preset
  3. The shape will appear in the selected bevel effect.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The beveled shape

If you want, you can customize the bevel effect. Select 3-D Options from the drop-down menu. The Format Shape pane will appear on the right side of the PowerPoint window. From here, you can modify the width, height, and depth of a bevel. You can also change the shape's material to give it a metal, plastic, or translucent appearance, as well as choose the lighting type to change how the shape is illuminated.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Customizing the bevel

To add 3-D Rotation:

  1. Select the shape or text box you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over 3-D Rotation and select the desired 3D effect.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Choosing a 3-D rotation effect
  3. The shape will appear in the selected 3D rotation effect.

If you want, you can customize 3-D Rotation. Select 3-D Rotation Options from the drop-down menu, and the Format Shape pane will appear on the right side of the PowerPoint window. From here, you can adjust the rotation values.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Customizing the 3-D rotation