Tour the pros and cons of the color tools that PowerPoint offers, and learn which tools to use and which tools to ditch, as well as some workarounds for the less-than-ideal ones.
- [Instructor] In this video I'm going to tell you which tools are good to use for color and which tools you should avoid using altogether. So let's begin with the color picker or the eye dropper tool. Now this is a great tool to use in cases where your company has a color palette but you don't know the RGB color values. Kind of like this image up here. So, let's say that we have these shapes and we want to pick up the colors from this image here.
First, we need to select a shape. Then go up to our drawing tools format tab. Go to Shape Fill. And click on the Eye Dropper tool. Then, all we have to do is hover our mouse over one of the colors that we want. Click once and our shape will pick up the color that we've hovered over. That's all there is to it. Another great time saving feature to use especially if your company already has a predetermined color palette that is theme colors.
To show you how theme colors work let's jump over to slide number two where I have a shape and a line drawn. And let's change the theme color for this presentation. To do that, let's go up to the Design tab. Go to the variance group. Click on the gallery. Then colors. And then just hover your mouse over any one of these color pallettes. You'll see a live preview for any one of those color pallettes update immediately on the slide to get a preview for what it looks like.
Now if you want to plug in a company custom colors, all you've got to do is click on Customize Colors. And enter in those custom colors right here. Jump over to the Custom tab. And there you go, you can enter in the RGB values right here. Next, all you've got to do is save. And then that color palette is there for you to use any time you want to use it. Once you have a theme selected those new colors will then appear any time you have a shape fill selected.
Or, a text field selected. Notice how all those colors will update in the theme colors area. So that's another great time saving tool for you to use. Now, that concludes the great color features in PowerPoint. Let's talk about color features that you should probably avoid using. Underneath these predetermined theme colors notice there are more colors down beneath it.
Now here are the theme colors so what are these? These are lighter and darker variations for this set theme colors. Well what are lighter and darker variations? Well, PowerPoint automatically based on the colors you select, apply a percentage lighter and a percentage darker for any specific color. So if your company has a set of very specific colors they want you to use PowerPoint decides how lighter and darker those colors should be.
Not your company. Not a lot of companies like that. So, do check with your companies standards their design standards, to make sure if it's okay that you use these lighter and darker variations. Sometimes it's not okay. Likewise, underneath these theme color variations you'll see another area for standard colors. These standard colors sometimes they're not all that great to use either.
In fact, some of these colors, when used in combination like red, and green certain color combinations they might be dangerous for photo sensitive and colorblind users. Therefore, I don't really recommend that you use colors in the standard colors area.
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