Shape misalignment and missing shadow

I've searched a couple of different ways and can't find anything that seems like it will solve what I've run into.

I have a graphic that I created in PPT with four boxes. I want to highlight those boxes as I talk about them, and the only way I can think of to do this is to duplicate the box and sync the animation of it appearing over the first one.

The way it's set up, I have a screen where I highlight the first one, then a different screen, then the first screen again where I highlight the remaining three in order. On the second incarnation, all the boxes line up perfectly. But on the first one, it looks perfect in PPT but when I preview, the second box appears slightly below and to the right from where it should be. How do I get them to line up correctly?

Also, I have a totally different slide where the single graphic icon has a shadow that shows up in PPT but not once I preview/publish. Two identical slides on either side of that one show the shadow, but not this one.

Any suggestions? Because I can only attach one file, I put screen shots of all of the above into one PPT and attached that.


9 Replies
Brent Berheim

Hi Amy - don't you hate that??  I ran into the same issue with the shape shifting on a recent project..  While this may not be the best solution, what I came up with is to make sure that there are no image effects (shadows, etc) on any of the images.  I did want a shadow, so I created a blank box that was behind everything and that was the only object that had the shadow.  Then I could get the other shapes to line up.

The fact that that shadow is disappearing is an odd one to me.  Could it be a layering thing?  Sorry that isn't much help. 

I look forward to other responses on your issues - it is really annoying when things look good previewing in PPT and then having them shift in Articulate.

Amy Kesman Rossi

Thanks Brent! It is indeed frustrating when you think you've done everything right and then some little line of code somewhere foils your best-laid plans!

Anyway, kust to make sure I went in and clicked on the shape-with shadow and then clicked on Bring to Front and the shadow is back! I assumed it *was* all the way forward since I could see everything in PPT, but it seems to have solved the problem.

The shape-shifting is still an issue, though.

Brent Berheim

Glad that the shadow came back!

My thought is that the shape shifting has to do with the mirror reflection you have going on that outside box.  Perhaps give it a try without that effect and see if that helps.  That was kind of what I was running into when I had a shadow on a box that I replicated from slide to slide - it shifted just a bit when published.  I got rid of the shadow on the object, and the alignment came in perfectly.  To add the shadow, I created a blank box the same size and put it at the back - that box had a shadow, so it looked like the front one did.

Does that make sense?  I don't feel like I am saying it very well...

Amy Kesman Rossi

Brent, that makes perfect sense. I tried first taking out the shadow, and I'll be darned if it didn't solve the alignment problem. *shakes fist* I really had gotten attached to the reflection effect!  Then I put a duplicate box behind the first one like you suggested and added the reflection and lo and behold, it WORKED! Thanks a million for your help.

Now, if only we knew WHY the reflection messes with the alignment!

Brian Batt

Hi Amy and Brent,

Here's another possible workaround:

  1. Right-click the the object, and select Format Shape.
  2. Select the 3-D Rotation tab on the left side of the window.
  3. Subtract one-tenth (.1) of a point from the Z Rotation Axis. Here are some examples:
  • If the Z axis is currently 0, change it to 359.9.
  • If the Z axis is currently 90, change it to 89.9.
  • If the Z axis is currently 180, change it to 179.9.
  • If the Z axis is currently 270, change it to 269.9.

    4.  Click the Close button.

    5.  Republish your presentation.

Brian Batt

Hi Brent,

Yes, by rotating the axis slightly, it requires PowerPoint (and Articulate) to view the shape as an image.  Same basic principle used in this macro that helps publish your course quicker:

Thanks for the comment on the pic!  My wife thought my old pic was a little dated.