This Text Effects Tutorial will show you how to replicate Outline, Shadow, Reflection and Glow. To start, type some Text on the page.
Select the Text that you would like to add an effect to by dragging your cursor over that it.
Click on the Text Effects Icon from the Font Group of the Home Tab.
This opens a drop down menu with already made Text Effects and options for Outline, Shadow, Reflection and Glow.
Here's an example of what the Text would look like if you selected the Gradient Fill - Black, Outline - White, Outer Shadow Text Effect.
Here's a break down of each option below.
OutlineThe Outline Menu gives options for Colors, having No Outline, More Outline Colors, Outline Weight, and Outline Dashes.
ColorsColors are broken down into Theme and Standard Colors. Moving your cursor over any of these Colors allows you to see the effect in real time on the page.
So if we were to select the color Red, the Text would then have a Red Outline.
No OutlineIf you select No Outline, well the Text Outline will be removed.
More Outline ColorsMore Outline Colors allows you to choose from two Tabs.
Standard Colors gives you more choices for each particular color. After selecting a Color, click the OK button to see the change applied to the Text.
Custom Colors allows you to create your own custom colors by setting values for Red, Green and Blue.
After the New Color is set, click the OK button to see the change applied to the Text.
So if you set Red to 255, Green to 78, and Blue to 49, you'd create a new color that's most likely not in the Theme or Standard Colors section.
WeightWeight allows you to set the thickness of the Outline. You can do this by selecting from the Weight Menu, e.g. 3pt.
However if you would like to set your own custom value, select More Lines at the bottom of this menu.
This opens a Format Text Effects Window. In the Outline Style section, type in your value for Width.
Here's an example of a Green Text Outline with a Width of 3pt.
DashesDashes allows you to change the Dash Type of the Outline, be it Solid, Dash Dot, Long Dash, etc. Curious as to what this looks like, I certainly am.
Here is the Text with a Square Dot Outline.
If you select More Lines, it will reopen the Format Text Effects Window. There you can also make changes to the Compound, Cap and Join Types.
Shadow allows you to apply a Drop Shadow to your Text. When you select Shadow, you will see Preset Shadow Effects, that is, Outer, Inner, and Perspective Shadows.
To create your own Custom Shadow, select Shadow Options from the bottom of the Shadow Menu.
This opens the Format Text Effects Window where you can make adjustments to Presets, Color, Transparency, Size, Blur, Angle and Distance.
In the Presets Menu if you select the 1st Shadow in the Outer section, Offset Diagonal Bottom Right, you'll immediately see the effect applied to the Text.
ReflectionSelecting Reflection will give you Preset Reflection Variations, namely Tight Reflection, Half Reflection and Full Reflection.
If you want to create a Customized Reflection, select Reflection Options at the bottom of the menu.
This opens the Format Text Effects Window where you can make adjustments to Presets, Transparency, Size, Distance, Blur.
This Reflection is the Preset Tight Reflection, 8pt Offset.
GlowGlow adds a Colored Blur around the Text. Selecting Glow will give you Preset Glow Variations, More Glow Colors and Glow Options.
To create your own Custom Glow, select Glow Options at the bottom of the Glow Menu. This opens the Format Text Effects Window where you can make adjustments to Glow Presets, Color, Size and Transparency.
Here's an example of the Glow Variation - Red, 8pt Glow, Accent Color 2 applied to Text.
As you can see, you can really get some beautiful Text with these Text Effects. Have fun trying them out!