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Creating a Color Theme

You may like a certain color theme except for one or two colors. You can change an existing color theme and apply your changes to the entire presentation or to just a few slides. You can add other custom colors to your theme by using RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) or HSL (Hues, Saturation, and Luminosity) color modes. The RGB color mode is probably the most widely used of all the color modes. You can accomplish this by using sliders, dragging on a color-space, or entering a numeric value that corresponds to a specific color. Once you create this new color theme, you can add it to your collection of color themes so that you can make it available to any slide in the presentation.

Change a Color in a Standard Color Theme

  • yellow_01.jpg Click the Design tab.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Theme Colors button, and then click Create New Theme Colors.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click the Theme Colors buttons (Text/Background, Accent, or Hyperlink, etc.) for the colors you want to change.
  • yellow_04.jpg Click a new color, or click More Colors to select a color from the Standard or Custom tab, and then click OK.
    • To select a custom color, drag across the palette until the pointer is over the color you want, or choose a Color Model, and then enter the Hue, Sat, Lum, or Red, Green, and Blue values.
  • yellow_05.jpg If you don’t like your color choices, click the Reset button to return all color changes to their original colors.
  • yellow_06.jpg Type a new name for the color theme.
  • yellow_07.jpg Click Save.
    • To apply theme colors to a presentation, click the Theme Colors button, and then click a color theme.

Select Custom Colors

  • yellow_01.jpg Select a text box.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Font Color button on the Home tab, and then click More Colors.

    This is one method. You can also use other color menus to access the Colors dialog box.

  • yellow_03.jpg Click the Custom tab.
  • yellow_04.jpg Click the Color model list arrow, and then click RGB or HSL.
  • yellow_05.jpg Select a custom color using one of the following methods:
    • If you know the color values, enter them, either Hue, Sat, Lum, or Red, Green, and Blue.
    • Drag across the palette until the pointer is over the color you want. Drag the black arrow to adjust the amount of black and white in the color.

      The new color appears above the current color at the bottom right.

  • yellow_06.jpg Click OK.

The Properties of Color




The color itself; every color is identified by a number, determined by the number of colors available on your monitor.


The intensity of the color. The higher the number, the more vivid the color.


The brightness of the color, or how close the color is to black or white. The larger the number, the lighter the color.

Red, Green, Blue

Primary colors of the visible light spectrum. RGB generates color using three 8-bit channels: 1 red, 1 green, and 1 blue. RGB is an additive color system, which means that color is added to a black background. The additive process mixes various amounts of red, green and blue light to produce other colors.

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