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Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to work with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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 possesses 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:

  R G B Swatch
Cyan 0 255 255  

Follow these steps to explore more:

  1. Insert a Rectangle shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2011, as shown in Figure 1.

  2. Figure 1: Rectangle being inserted
  3. Right-click the Rectangle and choose the Format Shape option from the resultant contextual menu, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

  4. Figure 2: Format Shape option within the right-click contextual menu
  5. 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. On the right side of Format Shape dialog box select the Solid tab, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3.

  6. Figure 3: Format Shape dialog box


  7. 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).

  8. Figure 4: More Colors option
  9. Tip: Learn more about Solid Fills in our Solid Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
  10. This brings up the Mac OS X Color picker, as shown in Figure 5. Here, click the Show More Options button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5.

  11. Figure 5: Mac OS X Color picker
  12. This brings up more options within the Mac OS X Color picker. Now, click the Color Sliders button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 6.

  13. Figure 6: Color Sliders button
  14. Figure 7, below shows the options within the Color Sliders. Click on the Gray Scale Slider option (highlighted in red within Figure 7).

  15. Figure 7: Options within Color Sliders
  16. 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.

  17. Figure 8: RGB Sliders option
  18. 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 Cyan, that you saw previously on this page. In Figure 9 you can see the changed RGB values (highlighted in red). Then, click the OK button.

  19. Figure 9: RGB values changed within the Mac OS X Color picker
  20. 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.

  21. Figure 10: Rectangle's color changed to Cyan
  22. Save your presentation often.

You can similarly use RGB values everywhere within PowerPoint.


See Also:

Color Models: Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows