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Changing Text Color

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Last Updated: July 27th 2009

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This tutorial shows how you can change the text color of the title and text placeholders in any PowerPoint digital scrapbook you create.

Selecting a text color is all based on what exact color covers the large portion of the backdrop you have applied to create a scrapbook slide. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Create a square PowerPoint presentation with the correct page size using instructions found in the tutorial here...

  2. Change the compression settings using instructions provided here...

  3. Apply the backdrop to the presentation, you can learn how to apply the backdrop here... For this tutorial I have selected one of the Circle backdrops available on this site -- see Figure 1 to view the slide with the backdrop applied.

    Figure 1: Applied backdrop

    As you can see in the figure above, the black and grey text is not too visible on a dark blue colored background. Probably a white colored (or a light colored) text would work better in this case -- I next show you how to make that change.

  4. Choose the View tab of the Ribbon, and click the Slide Master button, as you can see in Figure 2.

    Slide Master
    Figure 2: Slide Master

  5. This brings up the Slide Master view, as shown in Figure 3. Look carefully in the left pane -- you'll see one large slide and several smaller slides. The larger slide on the top represents the Slide Master, and the smaller slide thumbnails represent individual Slide Layouts based on the Slide Master. Make sure you select the larger thumbnail so that you can edit the Slide Master.

    Slide Master
    Figure 3: Slide Master

  6. Now click anywhere in the larger slide area and then select all objects on the slide by pressing Ctrl + A. Once the slide objects are selected, you will see the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 4. Activate this tab.

    Drawing Tools Format tab
    Figure 4: Drawing Tools Format tab

  7. In the Drawing Tools Format tab, look for the Word Art Styles group, and then click the Text Fill option to bring up a gallery (see Figure 5).

    Text Fill
    Figure 5: Text Fill

    Here change the text color to black or white depending on the picture background. As far as possible, make these changes from the top row of colors called the Theme Colors.

  8. If you want to change the color of the title or the text placeholder to something else, you can individually select those slide objects and make the changes in color as required in the same way.

    Although I suggested using black or white as the text color, it is not absolutely necessary that you follow this as a rule -- however, do remember that light colored text always works best on a dark colored backdrop, and vice versa. To choose any other color than white and black that's not available within the Theme Colors, select the More Fill Colors option, as shown in Figure 6.

    More fill colors
    Figure 6: More fill colors

  9. This opens the Colors window (see Figure 7).

    Figure 7: Colors

    Choose any color you like from the color hive -- or click the Custom tab in this window to get even more color choices. Click OK when done.

  10. Once the text color is changed, choose the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon and click the Close Master View button, as shown in Figure 8. This gets you back to Normal view.

    Close Master view
    Figure 8: Close Slide Master View

    Tip: To learn more about PowerPoint 2007's different views, check out this page on Indezine.com

  11. Figure 9 shows the slide with the changed text color.

    Changed text color
    Figure 9: Changed text color

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