Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a color palette, part of Using Office 2013 Themes and Templates for Branding.
- Remembering that each color set has six accent colors in it, and they're used for things like SmartArt and data points within a chart, I've created a presentation that has a chart with six columns in it. If you have access to the exercise files folder in Chapter 2, you'll find sample chart. If not, simply go in and create a chart that has six different columns or that has six different bars, six different pie slices, so that you can see the colors large, before we start making changes to them.
I find with this particular set of colors, the default for Office 2013, that when we're trying to describe this chart to people and we say, well, if you look at the blue bar... They say, which blue bar? And, so I like to have a little more variation than this. I want one of these bars to actually be a maroon color, or a red rather than blue. In order to do that, I'm going to go to 'Design'. I'm going to go to 'Variance'. Go to 'Colors', and I only want to change the one. I could change many of these, but I think what I'm going to do is I'm going to just go directly to 'Customize Colors', and choose that very first accent color, and I'm going to change to a color that's a little easier to get along with for me, and that's going to be something up here in the red range.
Now, notice as I move this color picker, the RGB values are changing. The other possibility is that I could specify my hue and saturation. That's what I get when I'm moving in this area. To make it darker or lighter, I can change the amount of luminescence it has, so I would like something that's going to be a color about like that, like a brick red. I'm going to say okay. Now, I haven't saved this and I want to, so I need to give this a name and I'm going to call this 'SampleColors' and click 'Save'.
If I want to change my mind, I can still reset this, but all I'm doing is resetting the current presentation. I'm not overwriting anything that I need to worry about, so I'm simply going to click 'Save'. I've saved this and notice that I have that nice red. Now, if I decide that's not quite what I want because that now competes a little bit with the orange, so perhaps what I'd like to do is go back and hit this again. Customize my colors again, and put the blue here and where the blue is, then I want to pick up that red I created, so they'll be farther apart.
Let's call this, 'Sample2' and there we go. If I wanted to get rid of the first one, that's easy enough to do. I can delete it. You'll see how to delete those elements later on. I can create as many of these color sets as I wish and all of my custom color sets that I created just now, and I've created earlier are going to appear at the top, under 'Custom'. There's my sample, sample two, and so on. That's how easy it is to be able to assign a new color to any one of the elements. And, if you wanted to dramatically change all of them, choose first, the set that's relatively close to what you want, then go back and change as many of the elements as you wish under customizing color. Provide a name. Click 'Save'.
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- Modifying slide masters and slide layouts
- Adding placeholders and instructions to PowerPoint templates
- Creating and modifying Word styles
- Creating a custom header, footer, or Quick Part
- Saving building blocks in a Word template
- Creating Excel templates
- Adding instructions and protection in Excel sheets
- Sharing templates
- Branding in Outlook