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Microsoft Publisher 2003

Working with Color Schemes

A color scheme is a set of colors that you group together. You may want to create a color scheme for specific projects or simply to maintain and quickly access the colors you use most frequently. A color scheme can also be used to develop a consistent, polished look for your publication. Colors in a color scheme may be applied to any element of the publication. This document contains sections on the following topics:

return to topCreating a Custom Color Scheme

Your color scheme will most likely consist of colors that complement each other as well as some that provide contrast. You can create and save multiple schemes for use in a variety of publications.

  1. Create or open a publication

  2. From the Format menu, select Color Schemes...
    The Color Schemes task pane appears.
    Color schemes task pane

  3. At the bottom of the task pane, click CUSTOM COLOR SCHEME...
    The Color Schemes dialog box appears.
    Color Scheme dialog box

  4. Select the Custom tab

  5. In the Scheme colors section, from the New pull-down lists, select the desired colors
    HINT: To see a larger selection of colors, click MORE COLORS...

  6. Click SAVE SCHEME...
    The Save Scheme dialog box appears.

  7. In the Type a name for your custom color scheme text box, type the desired name

  8. Click OK
    You are returned to the Color Schemes dialog box.

  9. Click OK
    Your color scheme now appears as a choice in the Apply a color scheme scroll box.

return to topApplying a Color Scheme

Publisher has a number of predefined color schemes. You can apply one of these or a custom scheme that you have created. Custom color schemes appear alphabetically within the list according to the name you assigned the color scheme.

  1. Create or open a publication

  2. From the Format menu, select Color Schemes...
    The Color Schemes task pane appears.

  3. From the Apply a color scheme scroll box, select the desired color scheme

return to topUsing the Colors of a Color Scheme

Once you have applied a color scheme to your publication, the colors of the scheme are easily accessible from the FONT, LINE, or FILL COLOR buttons. The colors of the color scheme appear as the first row of colors in the color palette accessed from these buttons.

NOTES:
The FONT button does not appear unless text is highlighted.
You can apply separate colors to the border and to the inside of an object.

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

  2. To apply color to text, on the Formatting toolbar, click theDown arrownext to FONT COLOR » select a color
    To apply color only to the border of your object, click theDown arrownext to LINE COLOR » select a color
    To apply color only to the inside of your object, click theDown arrownext to FILL COLOR » select a color
    The color is now applied.

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