Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Working with Themes
Figure 8-2: The Theme gallery.
Not all the slides in a presentation have to follow the same theme. To apply a
theme to a single slide — or a set of slides — select the slide(s). Then,
rightclick the theme you want to apply and choose Apply to Selected Slides.
Using theme colors
Each PowerPoint theme includes a built-in color scheme, which consists of
sets of colors chosen by color professionals. Microsoft paid these people
enormous sums of money to debate the merits of using mauve text on a teal
background. You can use these professionally designed color schemes, or
you can create your own if you think that you have a better eye than the
Microsoft-hired color guns.
As far as I’m concerned, the color schemes in PowerPoint themes are the
best things to come along since Peanut M&Ms. Without color schemes,
people like me are free to pick and choose from among the 16 million or so
colors that PowerPoint lets you incorporate into your slides. The resulting
slides can easily appear next to Cher and Lindsay Lohan in People magazine’s
annual “Worst Dressed of the Year” issue.
Each color scheme has 12 colors, with each color designated for a particular
use, as shown in this list:
Four Text/Background colors: These four colors are designed to be the
primary colors for the presentation. One from each pair is used for text,
and the other for the background. (You could use the same color for
both, but that would make the slides impossible to read!)
Six accent colors: These colors are used for various bits and pieces of
your slides that complement the basic text and background colors.
Two hyperlink colors: These colors are used only when your
presentation includes hyperlinks.
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