When arranging elements on my PowerPoint slides, I have one slide where I would like to use the pencil grayscale effect found under artistic effects. While I can use this for pictures, I cannot use it for shapes that I created in PowerPoint. Is there any way to replicate artistic effects on shapes without exporting the shapes as images from other programs, then adding them back in?

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I'm fairly certain that Powerpoint Artistic Effects are designed for bitmap images only, whereas shapes will be a vector based format.

Other than saving out the shapes as bitmaps and re-importing them like you suggested, I don't think this will be achievable.

  • That makes sense, although it's unfortunate. It's difficult to create a uniform presentation with that approach. Jun 20, 2014 at 0:35

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