About WordArt?

WordArt or Word Art is a feature that allows you to apply effects to texts to make them stand out. With WordArt, for example, you can outline a text or fill it with a color (or gradient), add 3D effects to it, etc. You also get to skew, bend, and stretch the shape of a text.

WordArt in Microsoft PowerPoint

To use WordArt in Microsoft PowerPoint, you have to select one of the predefined WordArt templates. A WordArt template is a set of effects that gets applied to a text or its shape.

WordArt in Aspose.Slides

In Aspose.Slides for .NET 20.10, we implemented support for WordArt and made improvements to the feature in subsequent Aspose.Slides for .NET releases.

With Aspose.Slides for .NET, you can easily create your own WordArt template (one effect or combination of effects) in C# and apply it to texts.

Creating a Simple WordArt Template and Applying It to a Text

Using Aspose.Slides

First, we create a simple text using this C# code:

using (Presentation pres = new Presentation())
    ISlide slide = pres.Slides[0];
    IAutoShape autoShape = slide.Shapes.AddAutoShape(ShapeType.Rectangle, 200, 200, 400, 200);
    ITextFrame textFrame = autoShape.TextFrame;

    Portion portion = (Portion)textFrame.Paragraphs[0].Portions[0];
    portion.Text = "Aspose.Slides";

Now, we set the text’s font height to a bigger value to make the effect more noticeable through this code:

FontData fontData = new FontData("Arial Black");
portion.PortionFormat.LatinFont = fontData;
portion.PortionFormat.FontHeight = 36;

Using Microsoft PowerPoint

Go to the WordArt effects menu in Microsoft PowerPoint:


From the menu on the right, you can choose a predefined WordArt effect. From the menu on the left, you can specify the settings for a new WordArt.

These are some of the available parameters or options:


Using Aspose.Slides

Here, we apply the SmallGrid pattern color to the text and add a 1-width black text border using this code:

portion.PortionFormat.FillFormat.FillType = FillType.Pattern;
portion.PortionFormat.FillFormat.PatternFormat.ForeColor.Color = Color.DarkOrange;
portion.PortionFormat.FillFormat.PatternFormat.BackColor.Color = Color.White;
portion.PortionFormat.FillFormat.PatternFormat.PatternStyle = PatternStyle.SmallGrid;
portion.PortionFormat.LineFormat.FillFormat.FillType = FillType.Solid;
portion.PortionFormat.LineFormat.FillFormat.SolidFillColor.Color = Color.Black;

The resulting text:


Applying Other WordArt Effects

Using Microsoft PowerPoint

From the program’s interface, you can apply these effects to a text, text block, shape, or similar element:


For example, Shadow, Reflection, and Glow effects can be applied to a text; 3D Format and 3D Rotation effects can be applied to a text block; Soft Edges property can be applied to a Shape Object (it still has an effect when no 3D Format property is set).

Applying Shadow Effects

Here, we intend to set the properties relating to a text only. We apply the shadow effect to a text using this code in C#:

portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.ShadowColor.Color = Color.Black;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.ScaleHorizontal = 100;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.ScaleVertical = 65;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.BlurRadius = 4.73;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.Direction = 230;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.Distance = 2;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.SkewHorizontal = 30;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.SkewVertical = 0;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect.ShadowColor.ColorTransform.Add(ColorTransformOperation.SetAlpha, 0.32f);

Aspose.Slides API supports three types of shadows: OuterShadow, InnerShadow, and PresetShadow.

With PresetShadow, you can apply a shadow for a text (using preset values).

Using Microsoft PowerPoint

In PowerPoint, you can use one type of shadow. Here’s an example:


Using Aspose.Slides

Aspose.Slides actually allows you to apply two types of shadows at once: InnerShadow and PresetShadow.


  • When OuterShadow and PresetShadow are used together, only the OuterShadow effect gets applied.
  • If OuterShadow and InnerShadow get used simultaneously, the resulting or applied effect depends on the PowerPoint version. For instance, in PowerPoint 2013, the effect gets doubled. But in PowerPoint 2007, the OuterShadow effect gets applied.

Applying Display to Texts

We add display to the text through this code sample in C#:

portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.BlurRadius = 0.5; 
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.Distance = 4.72; 
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.StartPosAlpha = 0f; 
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.EndPosAlpha = 60f; 
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.Direction = 90; 
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.ScaleHorizontal = 100; 
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.ScaleVertical = -100;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.StartReflectionOpacity = 60f;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.EndReflectionOpacity = 0.9f;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.ReflectionEffect.RectangleAlign = RectangleAlignment.BottomLeft;   

Applying Glow Effect to Texts

We apply the glow effect to the text to make it shine or stand out using this code:

portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.GlowEffect.Color.R = 255;
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.GlowEffect.Color.ColorTransform.Add(ColorTransformOperation.SetAlpha, 0.54f);
portion.PortionFormat.EffectFormat.GlowEffect.Radius = 7;

The result of the operation:


Using Transformations in WordArt

We use the Transform property (inherent in the entire block of text) through this code:

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.Transform = TextShapeType.ArchUpPour;

The result:


Using PowerPoint

To access predefined transformation types, go through: Format -> TextEffect -> Transform

Using Aspose.Slides

To select a transformation type, use the TextShapeType enum.

Applying 3D effects to Texts and Shapes

We set a 3D effect to a text shape using this sample code:

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.BevelBottom.BevelType = BevelPresetType.Circle;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.BevelBottom.Height = 10.5;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.BevelBottom.Width = 10.5;

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.BevelTop.BevelType = BevelPresetType.Circle;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.BevelTop.Height = 12.5;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.BevelTop.Width = 11;

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.ExtrusionColor.Color = Color.Orange;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.ExtrusionHeight = 6;

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.ContourColor.Color = Color.DarkRed;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.ContourWidth = 1.5;

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.Depth = 3;

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.Material = MaterialPresetType.Plastic;

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.LightRig.Direction = LightingDirection.Top;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.LightRig.LightType = LightRigPresetType.Balanced;
autoShape.ThreeDFormat.LightRig.SetRotation(0, 0, 40);

autoShape.ThreeDFormat.Camera.CameraType = CameraPresetType.PerspectiveContrastingRightFacing;

The resulting text and its shape:


We apply a 3D effect to the text with this C# code:

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.BevelBottom.BevelType = BevelPresetType.Circle;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.BevelBottom.Height = 3.5;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.BevelBottom.Width = 3.5;

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.BevelTop.BevelType = BevelPresetType.Circle;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.BevelTop.Height = 4;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.BevelTop.Width = 4;

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.ExtrusionColor.Color = Color.Orange;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.ExtrusionHeight= 6;

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.ContourColor.Color = Color.DarkRed;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.ContourWidth = 1.5;

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.Depth= 3;

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.Material = MaterialPresetType.Plastic;

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.LightRig.Direction = LightingDirection.Top;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.LightRig.LightType = LightRigPresetType.Balanced;
textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.LightRig.SetRotation(0, 0, 40);

textFrame.TextFrameFormat.ThreeDFormat.Camera.CameraType = CameraPresetType.PerspectiveContrastingRightFacing;

The result of the operation:


Apply Outer Shadow Effects to Texts

Aspose.Slides for .NET provides the IOuterShadow and IInnerShadow classes that allow you to apply shadow effects to a text carried by TextFrame. Go through these steps:

  1. Create an instance of the Presentation class.
  2. Obtain the reference of a slide by using its index.
  3. Add an AutoShape of Rectangle type to the slide.
  4. Access the TextFrame associated with the AutoShape.
  5. Set the FillType of the AutoShape to NoFill.
  6. Instantiate OuterShadow class
  7. Set the BlurRadius of the shadow.
  8. Set the Direction of the shadow
  9. Set the Distance of the shadow.
  10. Set the RectanglelAlign to TopLeft.
  11. Set the PresetColor of the shadow to Black.
  12. Write the presentation as a PPTX file.

This sample code in C#—an implementation of the steps above—shows you how to apply the outer shadow effect to a text:

using (Presentation pres = new Presentation())

    // Get reference of the slide
    ISlide sld = pres.Slides[0];

    // Add an AutoShape of Rectangle type
    IAutoShape ashp = sld.Shapes.AddAutoShape(ShapeType.Rectangle, 150, 75, 150, 50);

    // Add TextFrame to the Rectangle
    ashp.AddTextFrame("Aspose TextBox");

    // Disable shape fill in case we want to get shadow of text
    ashp.FillFormat.FillType = FillType.NoFill;

    // Add outer shadow and set all necessary parameters
    IOuterShadow shadow = ashp.EffectFormat.OuterShadowEffect;
    shadow.BlurRadius = 4.0;
    shadow.Direction = 45;
    shadow.Distance = 3;
    shadow.RectangleAlign = RectangleAlignment.TopLeft;
    shadow.ShadowColor.PresetColor = PresetColor.Black;

    //Write the presentation to disk
    pres.Save("pres_out.pptx", SaveFormat.Pptx);

Apply Inner Shadow Effect to Shapes

Go through these steps:

  1. Create an instance of the Presentation class.
  2. Get a reference of the slide.
  3. Add an AutoShape of the Rectangle type.
  4. Enable InnerShadowEffect.
  5. Set all the necessary parameters.
  6. Set the ColorType as Scheme.
  7. Set the Scheme Color.
  8. Write the presentation as a PPTX file.

This sample code (based on the steps above) shows you how to add a connector between two shapes in C#:

using(Presentation presentation = new Presentation())
    // Get reference of a slide
    ISlide slide = presentation.Slides[0];

    // Add an AutoShape of Rectangle type
    IAutoShape ashp = slide.Shapes.AddAutoShape(ShapeType.Rectangle, 150, 75, 400, 300);
    ashp.FillFormat.FillType = FillType.NoFill;

    // Add TextFrame to the Rectangle
    ashp.AddTextFrame("Aspose TextBox");
    IPortion port = ashp.TextFrame.Paragraphs[0].Portions[0];
    IPortionFormat pf = port.PortionFormat;
    pf.FontHeight = 50;

    // Enable InnerShadowEffect    
    IEffectFormat ef = pf.EffectFormat;

    // Set all necessary parameters
    ef.InnerShadowEffect.BlurRadius = 8.0;
    ef.InnerShadowEffect.Direction = 90.0F;
    ef.InnerShadowEffect.Distance = 6.0;
    ef.InnerShadowEffect.ShadowColor.B = 189;

    // Set ColorType as Scheme
    ef.InnerShadowEffect.ShadowColor.ColorType = ColorType.Scheme;

    // Set Scheme Color
    ef.InnerShadowEffect.ShadowColor.SchemeColor = SchemeColor.Accent1;

    // Save Presentation
    presentation.Save("WordArt_out.pptx", SaveFormat.Pptx);