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 2013, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Rectangle being inserted
- Right-click the Rectangle 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
Task Pane towards the
right side of your PowerPoint interface, as shown in Figure 3, below. Make sure you select the
Shape Options tab (highlighted in red within
Figure 3). Then select the Fill & Line button (highlighted in
blue within Figure 3). Finally select the Fill
option, shown highlighted in green within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Format Shape Task Pane
- Make sure the Solid fill radio button is selected (highlighted in
red within Figure 4). Then click the Color button
(highlighted in blue 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 green
within Figure 4).
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 2013.
Working with HSL of Colors in
PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
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