Add an illusion of slide depth with reflections for Pictures, Shapes, SmartArt, Charts, and Tables

PowerPoint 365
Reflection creates a mirror image of the object below the original. This effect creates a blurred, semi-transparent clone of the original object that resembles an object reflection on water or class. It is affected by two factors:
  • the degree of reflection – patrial or complete,
  • distance between reflection and the original.

Apply the reflection effect using the ribbon tabs

   1.   Select the Reflection variation from the Reflection list:

  • On the Picture Format tab, in the Picture Styles group, click the Picture Effects dropdown list, then select the Reflection list:
    Reflection list in Picture Format tab PowerPoint 365
  • On the Shape Format tab (or SmartArt Format tab, Chart Format tab), in the Shape Styles group, click the Shape Effects dropdown list, then select the Reflection list:
    Reflection list in Shape Format tab PowerPoint 365
  • On the Table Format tab, in the Table Styles group, click the Effects dropdown list, then select the Reflection list:
    Reflection list in Table Format tab PowerPoint 365

   2.   In the Reflection list:

Reflection gallery in Shape Format tab PowerPoint 365    or    Reflection gallery in Picture Format tab PowerPoint 365
  • Choose No Reflection to remove the reflection effect.
  • Choose any reflection effect you prefer in the Reflection Variations area.
  • Click the Reflection Options... to open the Format pane to choose more options for the reflection effect.

Apply the reflection effect using the Format pane

On the Format pane (such as Format Shape, Format Picture, Format Chart Area, Format Data Series, etc.), in the Effects group, in the Reflection section:

Reflection in Format Shape pane PowerPoint 365

Choose one of the predefined reflection effects from the Presets list. They are the same as in the Reflection list in the ribbon.

To fine-tune the reflection effect, move the slider or set a specific value for:

  • The Transparency to increase or decrease the visibility of other objects under the reflected counterpart,
  • The Size of the reflection,
  • The sharpness or blurriness of the reflection effect in the Blur field (in points),
  • The Distance between the object and its reflection (in points).

For example:

Shape with reflection effect example in PowerPoint 365    or    Shape with objects reflection example in PowerPoint 365

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