This tutorial covers the Shadow options on the Format Shape/Format Picture window. (See this tutorial for ways to access the formatting window.)

Presets

Choose one of the ready-made shadow options. To customize it, use the other settings on this window (see below).

Color

Use the Color selector to choose from the available Theme Colors and Standard Colors. (Learn how to customize theme colors.) To pick a color from anything visible on your screen, click Eyedropper, then click the color you want to match.

For even more flexibility, choose More Colors. This opens the Colors window, where you can do any of the following:

  • Click the color you want (either a square color swatch or a color in the spectrum area).
  • Create a custom color by entering color values in the Hue/Sat/Lum fields, the Red/Green/Blue fields, or the Html field.
  • Use the eydropper tool to match the color of anything visible on your screen. Just click the eyedropper, then click any color on your screen.

If the color you've chosen is something you want to save for easy selection later, click Add to Custom Colors. The color will get added to the bank of Custom Colors in the lower left corner. When you're finished, click OK to close the window.

Transparency, Size, Blur, Angle, and Distance

Drag the slider or enter a specific value for any of these properties to adjust the appearance of the shadow.