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Working with HSL Colors in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn about how to work with HSL Colors in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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 tutorial.

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Insert a Rectangle shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2016, as shown in Figure 1.

  2. Figure 1: Rectangle being inserted
  3. Tip: Hold the Shift key while drawing your Rectangle so that you end up with a Square! Learn more in our Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint tutorial.
  4. Right-click the Rectangle and from the resultant contextual menu, choose the Format Shape option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

  5. Figure 2: Format Shape option within the right-click contextual menu
  6. 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.

  7. Figure 3: Format Shape Task Pane

  8. 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).

  9. Figure 4: More Colors option
  10. 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.

  11. Figure 5: Colors dialog box
  12. 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.

  13. Figure 6: Colors dialog box with changed HSL values
  14. Your Rectangle shape is now filled with the color you choose, as shown in Figure 7.

  15. Figure 7: Rectangle's color changed to Magenta
  16. Save your presentation often.

You can similarly use RGB values everywhere within PowerPoint 2016.

See Also:

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

Working with HSL Colors in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Working with HSL Colors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows