Additional Details: You can easily add effects by choosing one of the 14 styles from the SmartArt Styles gallery. The first five styles are 2-D styles and labeled as “Best Match for Document." The remaining nine styles are 3-D styles.
Figure 1324 The first few 3-D styles create nice effects.
The 14 graphics below demonstrate the styles available. I use the second 3-D style most of the time. It creates a nice effect but is still readable.
Figure 1325 Examples of the 14 layouts.
Gotcha: If you move far into the 3-D styles, many of them are unreadable. Perhaps Microsoft is doing us a favor. For example, perhaps the ninth style, known as Birds Eye Scene, is designed for messages in which you need to deliver bad news. You can say that you showed the information, but no one will really be able to read it. This figure shows the original message and the message rendered in Birds Eye Scene.
Additional Details: If you change the theme on the Page Layout tab, you will have new colors available in the Colorful row, but you will also inherit new effects that change the options available in the SmartArt Styles gallery. If you only want new colors, you can use the Colors dropdown on the Page Layout tab instead.
Additional Details: If you are using a layout that includes picture placeholders, click the placeholder to browse for a photo. This feature is working much better in Excel 2010. Back in Excel 2007, you would lose the pictures when you switched from one layout to another.