Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Learn how to add solid fill to the selected shape in PowerPoint 2007.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista
Date Created: January 10th 2009
Last Updated: February 26th 2009
In this series of tutorials, we are going to learn about fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2007 -- these fills include solid color, picture, gradient, and texture. In this tutorial, we'll explore solid color fills.
In PowerPoint, whenever a new shape is inserted on a slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or something else depending on the Theme it is based on). Let's see how you can change the default fill to a solid color fill of your choice:
- Select the shape that you want to change the fill for. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2007 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
- Under the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, choose the Shapes button to view the Shape gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Rectangle (or any other shape), and then either drag and draw, or click once on the blank slide to place an instance of the shape.
Figure 1: Shapes gallery
- Select the shape so that the Ribbon area now shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown in Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab, These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
- From the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group, then select the Shape Fill option to view the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Shape Fill gallery
The options in this gallery are explained below -- you'll need to choose any one of these options for the fill:
- Theme Colors: Here you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes here..
- Standard Colors: You can choose any of the ten standard colors available -- these ten standard colors are just choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. You don't have to limit yourself to either the Theme colors or Standard colors, as I'll show you in the next options, although it's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.
- Recent Colors: Here you can find the colors most recently used. If you have just launched PowerPoint and created a new presentation, the Recent Colors option may be entirely absent since you haven't selected any color recently!
- No Fill: Choose this option to remove any fill from the selected shape.
- More Fill Colors: This option is to summon the Colors dialog box as shown in Figure 4. This dialog box has two tabs: Standard and Custom -- first select the Standard tab (again, refer to Figure 4).
Figure 4: Standard tab of the Colors dialog box
This tab offers 127 colors in a honeycomb style palette, 14 gray shades, black and white. You can even change the transparency value of the selected color in the Transparency slider below. If you want more color choices, then select the Custom tab of the same dialog box, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Custom tab of the Colors dialog box
In this tab, you can chose any color from the spectrum and later adjust the selected color's luminosity with the slider on the right. You can even enter specific values of RGB and HSL to create a specific color -- all these combinations provide 16 million color choices!
Again, you can even change the transparency value of the selected color in the Transparency slider below.
Choose any color and click OK to apply it.
- Picture: This option allows to use a picture as a fill for a shape -- more info here...
- Gradient: With this option, you can apply a gradient as a fill for a shape -- more info here...
- Texture: Use this option to apply a texture as a fill for a shape -- more info here...
- Choose any color from the Theme Colors (or its shades and tints), Standard Colors, Recent Colors
, or from More Colors. In all cases, you end up with a shape that has a solid color fill, as shown in
Figure 6 below.
Figure 6: Shape with changed solid fill
- Remember to save your presentation often.
Related Link: My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.
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