Learn about building a custom color theme based off of a color palette inspired by colors pulled from a company document.
- [Instructor] We're back in PowerPoint, and I've settled on this as our color palette, and to make this palette as our presentation's custom color theme, here's what we're going to do. From the Design tab in the Variance group, lets hover out mouse over the colors area here, and go all the way down to Customize Colors. Here, that will open up the Create New Theme Colors window, where we can plug in our RGB colors that our company gave us, but as you can see, there's a lot going on in this window, some of which is quite confusing to newbies of PowerPoint.
Let me break this down for you. Now most theme colors will correspond to a color in a color dropdown in PowerPoint, like a shape fill or a font color. Dark 1 and Light 1 are typically your text colors. So remember, when it comes to text, you want your text to be simple, and to have high contrast with your background. The next two below, Dark 2 and Light 2, those are typically your background colors, but not always.
I usually like to use a dark and light gray here, or some kind of other neutrals. Accent 1, this is your main accent color in PowerPoint. This is the color you want to use most often in PowerPoint, and the color you want your users of your template to use most often. So choose this color wisely. This will be the default color of both lines and shapes. As such, some designers recommend using a neutral color, like gray, or some designers choose to use the primary signature pop color of the company.
Just remember though, this is the default line and shape color. Accents 2 through 6, those are the remaining five colors that display in the color palette in PowerPoint. Now, as for the last two colors shown below, those don't show up in the color palette. These are your hyperlink and followed hyperlink colors for any links in your presentation. You want these colors to stand out, but not like a sore thumb.
Personally, I think any color that you choose here is better than those hideous default bright blue and purple that they give you. As for how to actually type in your color values, that's really simple. Simply, click this dropdown menu, and pick a color. If you don't see the color in here that you want, click on More Colors, jump over to the Custom tab, and enter in that RGB value here. Now one thing that I do wish that PowerPoint would add featurewise to this window is the Color Picker.
It would be a lot faster than typing in the RGB values. But until then, you're left typing those values in. And now that I have all of those colors entered in to our Theme Colors area, all we have left to do is to give our theme color a name, and I'm just going to name this something real simple like My Company Theme, and press Save. Now whenever I want to use this particular theme color, it is going to appear on that Design tab in that variance group underneath Colors.
There it is, underneath Custom, My Company Theme. To apply it, all I have to do is hover my mouse over it, click on it, and now it's going to be applied to all of my slides in my slide deck. In fact, if I select an object like a text box, or a shape, or any kind of font, and go up to Drawing Tools Format, and select any object that has a color attached to it, there they are all are. There are my theme colors. And that is how you create a custom theme color in PowerPoint.
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