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How to: Add 3D Effects to a Chart (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Three-dimensional (3D) effects can be used to provide depth and add visual impact to your chart. For example, if you want to emphasize a particular slice of an exploded pie chart, you can rotate and change the perspective of the chart so that people notice that slice first. When 3D effects are applied to your chart, all gradient colors and hatching styles are disabled.

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You can create and modify report definitions (.rdl) in Report Builder 3.0 and in Report Designer in Business Intelligence Development Studio. Each authoring environment provides different ways to create, open, and save reports and related items. For more information, see Designing Reports in Report Designer and Report Builder 3.0 (SSRS) on the Web at microsoft.com.

To apply 3D effects to a Range, Area, Line, Scatter or Polar chart

  1. Right-click anywhere inside the chart area and select 3D Effects. The Chart Area Properties dialog box appears.

  2. In 3D Options, select the Enable 3D option.

  3. (Optional) In 3D Options, you can set a variety of properties relating to 3D angles and scene options. For more information about these properties, see Applying 3D, Bevel, and Other Effects to a Chart (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS).

  4. Click OK.

To apply 3D effects to a Funnel chart

  1. Right-click anywhere inside the chart area and select 3D Effects. The Chart Area Properties dialog box appears.

  2. In 3D Options, select the Enable 3D option. Click OK.

  3. (Optional) To customize the funnel chart visual appearance, you can go to the Properties pane and change properties specific to the funnel chart.

    1. Open the Properties pane.

    2. On the design surface, click anywhere on the funnel. The properties for the series of the funnel chart are displayed in the Properties pane.

    3. In the General section, expand the CustomAttributes node.

    4. For the Funnel3DDrawingStyle property, select whether the funnel will be shown with as circular or square.

    5. For the Funnel3DRotationAngle property, set a value between -10 and 10. This will determine the degree of tilt that will be displayed on the 3D funnel chart.

To apply 3D effects to a Pie chart

  1. Right-click anywhere inside the chart area and select 3D Effects. The Chart Area Properties dialog box appears.

  2. In 3D Options, select the Enable 3D option. Click OK.

  3. (Optional) In Rotation, type an integer value that represents the horizontal rotation of the pie chart.

  4. (Optional) In Inclination, type an integer value that represents the vertical tilt rotation of the pie chart.

  5. Click OK.

To apply 3D effects to a Bar or Column chart

  1. Right-click anywhere inside the chart area and select 3D Effects. The Chart Area Properties dialog box appears.

  2. Select the Enable 3D option. Click OK.

  3. (Optional) Select the Enable series clustering option. If your chart contains multiple bar or column chart series, this option will display the series as clustered. By default, multiple bar or column series are shown side-by-side.

  4. Click OK.

  5. (Optional) To add cylinder effects to a bar or column chart, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Properties pane.

    2. On the design surface, click any of the bars in the series. The properties for the series are displayed in the Properties pane.

    3. In the General section, expand the CustomAttributes node.

    4. For the DrawingStyle property, specify the Cylinder value.

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