Creating Theme Colors and Fonts
As we discussed in Chapter 4, "Adjusting the Layout, Order, and Look of Slides," you can apply a theme to a presentation to make its colors, fonts, formatting, graphics, and other elements consistent from slide to slide. You can then switch to a different pre-defined color scheme and font set without otherwise affecting the overall look of the theme.
If none of the ready-made color schemes or font sets meets your needs, you can create your own and use it with any theme. If you want to be able to use your custom theme/color scheme/font set combination with other presentations, you can save the combination as a new theme that you can then apply to another presentation with a few clicks of the mouse.
You can make a custom theme, or any theme, the default for all new presentations by right-clicking the theme's thumbnail in the Themes gallery and then clicking Set As Default Theme.
The simplest way to create a new color scheme or font set is by altering an existing one. After you add the new scheme to the Theme Colors gallery or font set to the Theme Fonts gallery, you can apply it to an entire presentation by clicking it in the Custom section of the gallery. You can apply it to the current slide only by right-clicking it and then clicking Apply To Selected Slide.
You don't have to create a custom color scheme or font set to be able to apply the particular combination of colors or fonts used on one slide to another slide. You can display the slide with the formatting you want to reuse, click the Format Painter button in the Clipboard group, and then click the slide to which you want to copy the formatting.
In this exercise, you will create a new color scheme and font set, and make them available for reuse. Then you will save the color/font combination as a new theme that you can apply to any presentation.
USE the 01_CustomTheme presentation. This practice file is located in the Chapter09 subfolder under SBS_PowerPoint2007.
BE SURE TO start PowerPoint before beginning this exercise.
OPEN the 01_CustomTheme presentation.
Display Slide 8
, and then on the Design
tab, in the Themes
group, click the Colors
The available color schemes appear in the Theme Colors gallery. The Opulent color scheme is currently applied to the presentation.
In the gallery, click the Flow color scheme.
This scheme has some interesting colors, but its background is too dark.
In the Themes
group, click the Colors
button, and then at the bottom of the gallery, click Create New Theme Colors
The Create New Theme Colors dialog box opens.
Click the Text/Background - Dark 2
box to display a color palette.
Under Theme Colors, click the fourth box down in the seventh column (Turquoise, Accent 3, Darker 25%).
The Sample pane changes to show the new color combination.
Click the Hyperlink box, and under Standard Colors, click the Orange box.
Click the Accent 4 box, and at the bottom of the palette, click More Colors.
In the Colors
dialog box, click the Standard
In the color wheel, click an orange color, and then click OK
In the Name box at the bottom of the dialog box, change the name of the new theme to My Custom Colors, and then click Save.
PowerPoint applies the change to all the slides and adds a theme with the new color scheme to the left end of the Themes gallery.
In the Themes
group, click the Fonts
button, and then in the Theme Fonts
gallery, click Aspect
as a starting point for a new font set.
Click the Fonts
button again, and then at the bottom of the gallery, click Create New Theme Fonts
The Create New Theme Fonts dialog box opens.
Click the Heading font arrow, and then in the list, click Arial Rounded MT Bold.
The Sample pane shows the new combination.
In the Name box at the bottom of the dialog box, change the name of the new font set to My Custom Fonts, and then click Save.
In the Themes group, click first the Colors button and then the Fonts button, and notice that your combinations are listed under Custom in the respective galleries.
In the Themes
group, click the More
button, and then at the bottom of the gallery, click Save Current Theme
The Save Current Theme dialog box opens, displaying the contents of your Document Themes
folder. Saving custom themes in this folder ensures that they are available in the gallery for use in other presentations.
In the File name box at the bottom of the dialog box, change the name of the new theme to My Theme, and then click Save.
Close the 01_CustomTheme presentation without saving your changes.
Open a new, blank presentation. Then on the Design tab, in the Themes group, point to the second thumbnail in the gallery.
PowerPoint displays the ScreenTip My Theme below the thumbnail.
Click the My Theme
thumbnail to apply the custom theme to the new presentation.
CLOSE the blank presentation without saving your changes.
Custom themes, color schemes, and font sets are saved in the Users\[yourname]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes folder on drive C. To delete a custom theme, color scheme, or font set, navigate to that folder, right-click the item, and then click Delete.