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Applying shadows to shapes, images, text, or other objects is a great way to add flair to your presentation. However, too many visual effects may draw your audience away from the central message of the slideshow. We’ll show you how to create the perfect balance by adding (or removing) shadows on objects in PowerPoint.

Adding and Removing Shadows on Objects

Open your PowerPoint presentation and go to the slide that contains the objects with which you’ll be working. Click to select the image.

select the image

On the Picture Tools “Format” tab, click the “Picture Effects” button. (If you’re applying a shadow to text, that button will be named “Text Effects” instead.)

click picture effects on format tab

On the drop-down menu, select the “Shadows” submenu.

select the Shadow submenu

This submenu contains a large variety of shadow effects. Hovering over each option gives you a live preview, so play around with them to see which one you like best. In this example, we’ll use the lower-left perspective option.

select lower left perspective option

Selecting the option will immediately apply the setting to your object.

shadow shown under image

The same thing happens when you apply a shadow to a text object.

shadow shown under text

And the same holds for other objects, like shapes.

shadow shown under shape

Removing a shadow from an object is just as simple. First, select the object with the shadow.

select object to remove shadow

Head back to same “Shadow” menu you used before (by clicking the “Shadow Effects” or “Text Effects” button) and then select the “No Shadow” option.

select no shadow option

This will successfully remove the shadow from the selected object.

removed text shadow

That’s all there is to it. Use this feature wisely to create a visually appealing presentation that still conveys a powerful message.