8: How to create Floating Text Effect
Sometimes simple effects we include on our slides can leave a lasting impression on the minds of the audience. One such effect is ‘Floating text effect’. Here is an example of the effect applied to the title slide of a presentation:
The effect makes the text pop out in 3D. It is a surprisingly simple effect to create. You can apply the text even on 3D shapes as shown below:
Let us see how to create the effect from scratch on a 3D rectangular block.
Step 1: Create the base shape with text
First create a rectangular block using ‘Rectangle’ tool in auto shapes menu. Add text to the shape using ‘Edit text’ option.
Step 2: Apply 3D perspective and bevel
Right click on the rectangle and go to 3D rotation option. Use the preset under ‘Perspective’ called as ‘Perspective relaxed’.
Go to 3D Format option and add a top bevel preset called ‘Convex’. Add a depth of 25pt. Add a shadow preset to the shape called ‘Offset center’ under ‘Outer’ shadow presets.
Now the base shape is ready. It is now time for our text to float.
Step 3: Add text shadow effect
Go to Text Effect options.
Go to ‘Shadow presets’. Choose the preset called ‘Offset center’ under ‘Outer’ shadow presets.
You can also reach the text effects options by selecting the text, right clicking and going to ‘Format shape’ option and ‘Text options’.
Increase the size of the shadow. Increase the distance. Change the angle too. Play with the distance and angle parameters till you are happy with the result. Here are the measures for the effect we achieved:
You can vary the 3D perspective of the underlying shape the way you like. The text can be made to pop out by varying the angle and distance of the shadow applied to text.
Go ahead and try the variation to your title slides.