Why Just Colors and Fonts?
When you normally apply a Theme in PowerPoint, you end up applying Theme Colors, Theme Fonts, Theme Effects, Theme Backdrops, and much more. However there are scenarios in which you really don't require such a complete makeover or metamorphosis. In that case, you can still apply Theme Colors and Theme Fonts and leave all other Theme attributes unchanged.
We showed you how you can apply a Theme in Office 2007 to a PowerPoint, Word, or Excel file. In this tutorial, we'll look at how you can apply Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint.
Remember, the galleries for applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts can be found in the Design tab of the Ribbon. Click the Colors or Fonts options as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Colors and Fonts options dropdown gallery
Applying Theme Colors
Each PowerPoint presentation includes at least one built-in Theme Color set. In addition, PowerPoint installs many Theme Color sets by default. A Theme Color set comprises 12 individual coordinated colors that are carefully chosen using color science principles.
Follow these steps to apply a set of Themes Colors:
- Open or create a new presentation. Select the Design tab of the Ribbon, and click the Colors button (refer to Figure 1 above).
- This open the Theme Colors gallery that you can see in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Theme Colors gallery
- The highlighted Theme Color set is the one that is already applied to the open presentation. In Figure 2, the highlighted Theme Color set is Office, but as you can see, there are many other Theme Color sets such as Grayscale, Adjacency, Apex, etc.
- To preview how any other Theme Color set will look, hover your cursor over any of the other Theme Color sets in the Theme Colors gallery. You'll see a Live Preview of the changed colors as shown in Figure 3 .
Figure 3: Choosing Theme Colors
- Once you are happy with a particular Theme Color set, click on it to apply it to the entire presentation.
You can also apply a Theme Color set to selected slides. To do that, select individual slides in Slide Sorter view (see PowerPoint 2007 Views) or in the Slides and Outline pane, then right-click on the Theme Color set you want to apply. Then, choose the Apply to Selected Slides as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Apply to Selected Slides
Applying Theme Fonts
A Theme Fonts set comprises two fonts. The first font is used for the slide titles/heading and the second one is for everything else. Some built-in Theme Font sets use the same font family for both purposes, and that's perfectly fine!
Follow these steps to apply a new set of Themes Fonts:
- Open or create a new presentation. Select the Design tab of the Ribbon, and click the Fonts button (refer to Figure 1 above).
- This open the Theme Fonts gallery that you can see in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Theme Fonts gallery
- The Theme Font set which is highlighted is the one applied to the open presentation.
- Hover your cursor over any of the available Theme Fonts sets to see a Live Preview of the fonts as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Choosing Theme Font sets
- Click on the Theme Font set that you want to apply.
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac