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Apply Shadow Effect to Text in PowerPoint Using Java

Jane
Sharing code to help developers deal with their files in Java applications.
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In PowerPoint documents, shadow effects can not only be applied to shapes to make them more vivid, but also can be applied to text to beautify the monotonous text. This article will share how I add shadow effect to the text in a PowerPoint slide by using a 3rd party free Java library (Free Spire.Presentation for Java).

Installation(2 Methods)
● Download the Free Spire.Presentation for Java and unzip it. Then add the Spire.Presentation.jar file to your project as dependency.

● You can also add the jar dependency to your maven project by adding the following configurations to the pom.xml.

<repositories>
        <repository>
            <id>com.e-iceblue</id>
            <name>e-iceblue</name>
            <url>http://repo.e-iceblue.com/nexus/content/groups/public/</url>
        </repository>
</repositories>
<dependencies>
    <dependency>
        <groupId>e-iceblue</groupId>
        <artifactId>spire.presentation.free</artifactId>
        <version>3.9.0</version>
    </dependency>
</dependencies>
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Code Snippets:

import com.spire.presentation.*;
import com.spire.presentation.drawing.FillFormatType;
import com.spire.presentation.drawing.OuterShadowEffect;

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.geom.Rectangle2D;

public class SetShadowEffect {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        //Create a Presentation object
        Presentation presentation = new Presentation();
        presentation.getSlideSize().setType(SlideSizeType.SCREEN_16_X_9);

        //Get the first slide
        ISlide slide = presentation.getSlides().get(0);

        //Add a rectangle to slide
        IAutoShape shape = slide.getShapes().appendShape(ShapeType.RECTANGLE,new Rectangle2D.Float(50,60,800,100));
        shape.getFill().setFillType(FillFormatType.NONE);
        shape.getLine().setFillType(FillFormatType.NONE);

        //Set text of the shape
        shape.appendTextFrame("CLAUDE MONET: Life and Paintings");

        //Set font style
        shape.getTextFrame().getTextRange().setFontHeight(38f);
        shape.getTextFrame().getTextRange().setLatinFont(new TextFont("Arial Black"));
        shape.getTextFrame().getTextRange().getFill().setFillType(FillFormatType.SOLID);
        shape.getTextFrame().getTextRange().getFill().getSolidColor().setColor(Color.DARK_GRAY);

        //Create a OuterShadowEffect object
        OuterShadowEffect outerShadow= new OuterShadowEffect();

        //Set the shadow effect
        outerShadow.setBlurRadius(0);
        outerShadow.setDirection(50);
        outerShadow.setDistance(10);
        outerShadow.getColorFormat().setColor(Color.orange);

        //Apply shadow effect to text
        shape.getTextFrame().getTextRange().getEffectDag().setOuterShadowEffect(outerShadow);

        //Save to file
        presentation.saveToFile("output/AddShadow.pptx", FileFormat.PPTX_2013);
    }
}
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