Shading Areas and Lines

As mentioned earlier, shapes can be displayed and emphasized much more effectively by using different colors, levels of brightness, and, above all, by adding shadows, than by using lines. Take a look around your current surroundings (where you are right now), and you’re likely to find countless examples to illustrate this point.

Shadows can be added to most chart elements in Excel 2007. You can use shadows to highlight certain elements and to lend depth to the overall picture. Here too, it’s better to exercise some restraint than to exhaust all possibilities. But above all, make sure that you use shading correctly so as to avoid confusing your audience or provoking a reaction along the lines of "Hmm. . . that looks odd." ...

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