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How to create your own color theme for your PowerPoint presentation

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When creating PowerPoint decks you need to know how color themes work in PowerPoint, how many and what colors you need for your custom color theme, as well as how to quickly add more colors.

How to create your own color theme for your PowerPoint presentation

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  2. 2. How to create your own color theme for your PowerPoint presentation When creating PowerPoint decks you need to know how color themes work in PowerPoint, how many and what colors you need for your custom color theme, as well as how to quickly add more colors.
  3. 3. © Presentitude A PowerPoint color theme consists of 10 colors: 4 text & background colors + 6 accent colors.
  4. 4. © Presentitude *PowerPoint 2013 & 2016 The 10 default colors in PowerPoint* Dark 1 Light 1 Light 2 231 230 230 Dark 2 Accent 1 Accent 2 Accent 3 Accent 4 Accent 5 Accent 6
  5. 5. © Presentitude The 10 default colors in PowerPoint* Text & background colors Accent colors Tints & shades of accent colors Dark 1 Light 1 Light 2 231 230 230 Dark 2 Accent 1 Accent 2 Accent 3 Accent 4 Accent 5 Accent 6
  6. 6. © Presentitude The order of the accent colors is important
  7. 7. © Presentitude Default background color & default text color on dark background Default text color on light background & default dark background color Light background 2. Dark background 2 The order of the text/background colors is important
  8. 8. © Presentitude Default background color & default text color on dark background Default text color on light background & default dark background color Light background 2. Dark background 2 The text/background colors define the background styles
  9. 9. © Presentitude Never define the text/background colors as accent colors! If another color than black is defined as default text color (Dark 1), make Dark 2 black. If you need more than six accent colors, you can add custom colors to your color theme.
  10. 10. © Presentitude PowerPoint automatically generates tints and shades for the 10 colors Dark 1 Light 1 Light 2 231 230 230 Dark 1 Accent 1 Accent 2 Accent 3 Accent 4 Accent 5 Accent 6
  11. 11. © Presentitude How to add your own colors to PowerPoint?
  12. 12. © Presentitude 1 Use the standard color palette PowerPoint gives you 127 colors, plus white, black, and shades of gray to choose from in the built-in standard color palette. Click to read our guide to basic color theory! 1
  13. 13. © Presentitude PowerPoint uses the RGB model to create colors (as PowerPoint was designed to be shown on a screen). Each RGB color has three values, each ranging from 0-255, where BLACK is 0-0-0 and WHITE is 255- 255-255. BLACK 2 Use the RGB Color Model Click to read our guide to color models! 2
  14. 14. © Presentitude You can also create colors in PowerPoint using the HSL color model. The HSL model is available under the custom dialog box. Using the HSL model you can change the hue , saturation and luminosity of a color. 3 l Use the HSL color model Click to read our guide to color models! 3
  15. 15. © Presentitude How to add and save a custom PowerPoint color theme?
  16. 16. © Presentitude D1L1 L2 Light 1 Dark 1 Light 2 D2 Dark 2 1 Accent 1 2 Accent 2 3 Accent 3 4 Accent 4 5 Accent 5 6 Accent 6 Hyperlink Followed Hyperlink Define the 10 theme colors* * Plus colors for hyperlinks H FH
  17. 17. © Presentitude Go to the Customize Colors dialogue box How to add the custom colors to PowerPoint 1 Design Tab Variants menu Colors Drop-down Customize Colors…
  18. 18. © Presentitude Define each color in the color theme by using the drop down boxes (using either of the three methods for adding colors described previously). Name your new color theme and save. 2 3 3 How to add a custom color theme to PowerPoint 2
  19. 19. © Presentitude Need more accent colors quickly?
  20. 20. © Presentitude Use automatic generated tints & shades1
  21. 21. © Presentitude Use automatic generated tints & shades1
  22. 22. © Presentitude Use automatic generated tints & shades1
  23. 23. © Presentitude MORE WHITE MORE BLACKORIGINAL HUE Drag the arrow up for a tint (the color blended with white) or down for a shade (the color blended with black). Accent 1 2 Use the custom RGB color settings2
  24. 24. © Presentitude ORIGINAL HUE HUE: move cross-hair horizontally. SATURATION: move cross-hair vertically. LUMINOSITY: move vertical bar up (add white) or down (add black). HUE SATURATION LUMINOSITY Accent 1 3 Use the HSL color model3
  25. 25. © Presentitude ORIGINAL HUE Start with a base color and then add a transparent object on top. Set it to black or white and then set your transparency values in increments. 25% 50% 75% Accent 1 4 Use the transparency bar4
  26. 26. © Presentitude What if I want an even faster way to create a color theme?
  27. 27. © Presentitude Use the built-in color themes If you don’t have time to create a color theme, PowerPoint has a number of built-in color themes. You apply these color themes via the Design Tab, Variants menu, and the Colors Drop-down. This is the Median color theme, available in 2010, 2013, 2011, 2016 for both PC and Mac. Click to read our overview of all built-in Office color themes!
  28. 28. © Presentitude What if my favorite colors or brand colors are HEX or CMYK?
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  30. 30. © Presentitude ACCENT COLORS, TEXT & BACKGROUND COLORS, CREATING COLOR THEMES… ARE YOU STILL WITH US?
  31. 31. © Presentitude Define 6 accent colors in RGB1 Define 2 light + 2 dark colors for text & background in RGB 2 Define hyperlink colors in RGB3 Add colors to PowerPoint using Design Tab 4 Name and apply color theme5 Use shades and tints to create more colors 6
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