Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn about how to work with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
PowerPoint provides an option to fill any shape with a solid fill color easily. But what if you want a specific color to be filled? Maybe you need to use specific colors that are part of your company's corporate identity. In that case, you will need to get an RGB value of that color. So what is RGB? RGB stands for Red, Green, and Blue -- and each of these three colors possess a value within the RGB color model. Let's now imagine that you have a particular RGB value that you want to use as a fill for any shape -- follow the steps below to learn how to add a rectangle of the color.
The color provided to us has the following RGB values:
Follow these steps to explore more:
Insert a Rectangle shape
on your slide in PowerPoint 2011, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Rectangle being inserted
- Right-click the Rectangle and choose the Format Shape option from the resultant
contextual menu, as shown highlighted in red within
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 you select the Fill option (highlighted in red
within Figure 3) on the sidebar is selected. On the right side of
Format Shape dialog box select the Solid tab, as 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
Tip: Learn more about Solid Fills in our Solid Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
- This bring up the Mac OS X Color picker, as shown in Figure 5. Within
Colors dialog box, click the Show More Options button, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 5.
Figure 5: Mac OS X Color picker
- This shows more options within the Mac OS X Color picker, here click the Color Sliders button, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 6: Colors Sliders button
- Figure 7, below shows the options within the Colors Sliders. Click on the Gray Scale Slider option (highlighted in red
within Figure 7).
Figure 7: Options within Colors Sliders
- This brings up a drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 8. Within the drop-down menu
select the RGB Sliders option, shown highlighted in red
within Figure 8.
Figure 8: RGB Sliders option
- In Figure 9, below you can see the RGB Sliders activated within the Mac OS X Color picker. Now, change the RGB values to match the
RGB values for the color Teal, that you saw within a table previously on
this page. In Figure 9 you can see the changed RGB values (highlighted in
red). Then, click the OK button.
Figure 9: RGB values changed within the Mac OS X Color picker
- This will take you back to Format Shape dialog box, here click the OK
button. Your Rectangle shape will be filled with the color Cyan as you can see in Figure 10
Figure 10: Rectangle's color changed to Cyan
- Save your presentation often.
You can similarly use RGB values everywhere within PowerPoint.
Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?
Go and get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book.