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Microsoft Publisher 2003

Getting Started with Colors

Publisher gives you a wide variety of options for using colors. Several default colors are provided, but you may also create your own colors, use Publisher's color-matching system, or copy colors from another publication.

return to topApplying Colors

On the Formatting toolbar, there are two buttons, which you will use to specify what part of an object you want to color.

Fill Color button FILL COLOR will apply the selected color to the area inside the frame of the object.

Line Color button LINE COLOR will apply the selected color to the frame border of a selected object.

To apply color to an object:

  1. Select the object to which you want to apply color

  2. To apply color to the frame border of your object, click theDown arrownext to LINE COLOR 
    To apply color to the area inside the frame of your object, click theDown arrownext to FILL COLOR
    NOTE: You can apply separate colors to the border and to the inside.
    The Quick menu appears.

  3. From the palette of choices, select More Line Colors... or More Fill Colors...

  4. Select the Standard tab

  5. Select the desired color

  6. Click OK

return to topCreating New Colors

Publisher provides you with three color models to use in designing a new color. The one you use will depend on the information that you have about the color (e.g. you already have the RGB values) and the printing process you will use for your final publication. If you are using a commercial printer and have questions as to which option you should use, ask your printer.

To create a new color:

  1. Select the object to which you want to apply the new color

  2. To apply color to the frame border of your object, click theDown arrownext to LINE COLOR 
    To apply color to the area inside the frame of your object, click theDown arrownext to FILL COLOR
    The Quick menu appears.

  3. From the palette of choices, select More Line Colors... or More Fill Colors...

  4. Select the Custom tab
    Colors dialog box: Custom tab

  5. From the Color model pull-down list, select an option to use in creating the color
    Text boxes appropriate to the model you have chosen appear below.

  6. In the value text boxes, type the values
    OR
    In the Colors section, click a color and use the slide bar to adjust it
    In the New box, you will see the color change as you make adjustments.

  7. Click OK
    The color is applied to the object.

return to topSelecting Colors from a Color Library

If your Publisher publication will be commercially printed, it will be important to you to have the colors of your publication reproduced as accurately as possible. When choosing a custom color, faithful reproduction of it will be easier to achieve if you select the color from a color library, which contains various color-matching systems supported by commercial printers. To ensure color-matching accuracy, Publisher supports the PANTONE Matching System. PANTONE is one of the most widely used color-matching systems in commercial printing.

NOTE: Before selecting colors, be sure to check with your printer as to which color-matching systems they support.

  1. Select the object to which you want to apply the new color

  2. To apply color to the frame border of your object, click theDown arrownext to LINE COLOR 
    To apply color to the area inside the frame of your object, click theDown arrownext to FILL COLOR
    The Quick menu appears.

  3. From the palette of choices, select More Line Colors... or More Fill Colors...

  4. Select the Custom tab

  5. From the Color model pull-down list, select PANTONE
    The PANTONE Colors dialog box appears.
    Pantone Colors dialog box

  6. Use the scroll bar along the bottom to search for a new color

  7. Select the desired color
    The color is previewed in the New box.

  8. Click OK

  9. Click OK

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