How to apply Artistic Effects to text

You cannot. As long as it is text. But you CAN if you convert it to a picture. But there is little more to be done to create great looking Artistic Effects text for your presentations. Read on and find out how. (Reading time 8 min)


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Pictures can be enhanced with 22 artistic effects.
Read this article for details: Unleash the artist in you: Use Artistic Effects in PowerPoint

Unfortunately, these effects cannot be applied to text. The obvious solution is to convert text into pictures and then apply all types of Picture specific effects.
Read this article first: Copy Paste – Part 16: Convert Text to Pictures

Applying artistic effect

Download Sample File to see and edit the examples shown here. In the convert text to pictures article, we converted plain text “Idea” to two different kinds of images. One was a simple fill and one was a fill with a transparency.


Let us apply the glass effect to the picture with plain background.


Now let us apply Pencil Grayscale effect to the picture containing transparency.


Superimpose the two pictures and see what you get. Amazing, yet simple.


All this is not specific to PowerPoint. All these features are available in Word and Excel as well. It is the concept which is more important. Using Copy Paste for conversion of format and then exploiting the native features of the resulting format – which is picture in this case.

Using Intersect with pictures

See this beautiful effect created by using Intersect option in drawing tools along with the picture and text. Then the text gets the picture inside it. This was superimposed on the original picture and the artistic effect Paintbrush applied. Contrast was increased. And this is what we get!


Learn about merging shapes, text and pictures here:
Show Off Demo: Create new shapes in PowerPoint
Merging Shapes – Part 2

Powerful, high-impact, but simple – once you know the secrets!


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