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Bob S

Not sure about new ppt, probably even easier. But for those of us stuck with older versions of ppt this can be done on the cheap without any additional software.

It involves creating(2) colored shapes, not one. That allows you to manipulate "where" the fade happens and how much solid color is left to place text on.

1) One shape is solid fill color

2) The other shape is your transition. Set the fill effect to one color (same as #1) then set transparency from 0 to 100.

3) Align all three objects and adust widths of your colored shapes to achieve the size and fade rate desired.

Hope this helps.

Andrew Scivally

One tip that I like to use is never use a flat color. (format / shape fill / gradient / more gradients / gradient fill radio button / then gradient stops.) Just adding a slight gradient adds depth. Even if fading to a transparent...I'd still add another gradient color so that it gave a bit of depth. Also...many times I use the same colors in each gradient stop and just change the transparency to differ the colors. (that way you don't have mess with other colors)

You could also layer 1/2 transparent boxes on top of shapes to give a "highlight" feel. (just make it 1/2 the height of the shape you're covering)