Assuming someone has provided you with an HSL
(Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity) value of a color, and asked you to add a rectangle of that color to a slide,
then how do you proceed? Let's also explore another scenario. What if you have started with a color that's close
enough to what you need, but it's not the exact one. Maybe you need it to be a little less saturated? Again, you
will benefit by working with the HSL color model rather than the RGB model. And if you did not understand
everything we said so far, then do explore our
tutorial on HSL.
What's a Color Model?
A color model is essentially a way to mix colors, values or something else to create new colors! Learn more in
our Color Models
Follow these steps to get started:
Insert a Rectangle shape on your slide in
PowerPoint 2010, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Rectangle being inserted
- Right-click the Rectangle and and from the resultant contextual menu, choose the Format Shape option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Format Shape option within the right-click contextual menu
- This brings up the Format Shape dialog box, as shown in Figure 3,
below. Make sure the Fill tab (highlighted in red within
Figure 3) on the sidebar is selected. On the right side of the Format Shape
dialog box, select the Solid fill radio button, shown highlighted in
blue within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Format Shape dialog box
Now, click the Color button (highlighted in red within
Figure 4) to bring up the Color drop-down menu, as shown in
Figure 4. Within the Color drop-down menu, select the
More Colors option (highlighted in blue within
Figure 4: More Colors option
- In the resultant Colors dialog box, ensure that you have the Custom tab
(highlighted in red within Figure 5) selected. Click the
Color model drop-down list, and ensure that you choose the HSL option, as shown
highlighted in blue within Figure 5.
Figure 5: Colors dialog box
- Now change the HSL values to match values of the color you need. In this example, we want
to use Magenta -- the values for all the three properties: Hue,
Saturation, and Luminosity have been typed into the Colors
dialog box, as shown in Figure 6 below (highlighted in red). Then,
click the OK button.
Figure 6: Colors dialog box with changed HSL values
- Your Rectangle shape is now filled with the color you chose, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Rectangle's color changed to Magenta
- Save your presentation often.
You can similarly use RGB values
everywhere within PowerPoint 2010.
See Also: Working
with HSL of Colors in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
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