To call attention to a particular visual element in a graphic, the best and most aesthetically pleasing way is to apply contrasting colors or even a gradient. This is a particularly effective technique to highlight particular cells that contain key data in tables. To change the color of a cell in a table or apply a gradient, place the cursor in the cell and go to Design>Table Styles>Shading.
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To apply a color gradient to a graphic, select the editable shape and go to Home>Drawing>Shape Fill>Gradient and pick from the range of gradient effects available. When applying a gradient to a shape that has text, ensure that the colors used for text are at high contrast from the gradient color to ensure readability.
Next tip: Add Visual Effects to Highlight Key Points in PowerPoint Presentations.