5: Using PowerPoint Gradient Presets in PowerPoint 2010 Wisely
Discover the common applications of default presets in Gradient Fill option. Get inspired to use the presets the right way for your business presentations.
A quick word about PowerPoint Gradient Fill Presets:
A gradient fill is a gradual blend of colors. The extent of mix of colors depends on the position of the stops. While you can create your own gradient fills by mixing colors of your choice, PowerPoint makes it easy for you to add gradients to shapes, by including a set of readymade presets. The following are the standard gradient presets that come with the software.
In this article, we will take a look at the applications of these standard presets in presentations.
The set that is most useful for business graphics:
While there are 24 gradient presets that come with the software, a few of them seem to have more applications in business presentations than the others. The set is:
Let me share with you some example diagram templates taken from our ‘PowerPoint Charts and Diagram Templates pack for CEOs’ where we used the presets.
Here is a pillar diagram template that uses a variation of the preset called ‘Chrome II’:
The following diagram template uses Gold preset to create circular platform:
In the diagram template given below we used Gold and Silver presets:
The metallic PowerPoint gradient fill presets are not only useful to shade shapes, but also are useful to color the frames as shown in the examples above.
Presets useful to create Graphics:
There are certain Gradient fill presets that are appropriate only for certain situations. For example, take a look at the following diagram template:
We used the preset called ‘Fire’ to achieve the result. There are not many other business situations where we would like to use such strong colors to fill shapes.
Presets with narrow range of applications:
Unfortunately a large number of presets in gradient fill are very specific in their application context. For example, take a look at these rainbow presets. You can’t possibly use them anywhere apart from creating a rainbow or a CD graphic:
The same way, there are presets that can possibly be used only to shade skyline as follows:
Since most business presenters use stock photos for such applications the presets are rather redundant.
The kind of preset you use depends on the specific need of your business slides. Most presets can’t be used without making some adjustments in stop positions. However, presets are a good starting point from where you can refine the type of shading.