Microsoft Publisher's included templates relieve a desktop designer from having to put together materials from scratch, including design elements such as background colors and images. But users aren't restricted to the color themes Publisher comes with. Almost any precolored item in Publisher or pictures imported to the program can be recolored, through Publisher's color window. The recoloring process may be familiar to users of other graphics software, but doesn't go by any official tool name.
The term "Color Picker" comes from another company's products. In the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly the Photoshop graphics software, a small window called the "Color Picker" opens when a user double-clicks its icon on the "Tools" palette and elsewhere. While Publisher doesn't have an actual "Color Picker" by name, its color-choosing mechanism is greatly similar to Photoshop. In fact, in some areas, Publisher's color choice options exceed that of Adobe's product.
Locating Publisher's version of the "Color Picker"--Publisher's doesn't have an actual name--requires a slight bit of hunting and pecking. The Publisher color choice screen exists in many areas of the software; although the windows are located throughout the software, once they're accessed they give the same information. To bring up the font color chooser, pull down the small arrow to the right of the "Font Color" option on Publisher's ribbon. Click the "More Colors" option--which is present in many areas of Publisher--to open the "Colors" window with three tabs. Another place "More Colors" is found is by clicking the border of a text box. "More Colors" is present in both the "Fill" and "Line" options for the box's background and border.
Publisher's "Colors" window provides a "Standard" tab that is reminiscent of the actual "Color Picker." On the honeycomb-like shape are shades of the different primary and secondary colors. To choose one, just click it and click the "OK" button. On Publisher's "Custom" tab, you will find an exact replica of the color rainbow from Photoshop's "Color Picker." Glide the cursor through the rainbow and click a color to use. Publisher's third color choice tab, "Pantone," lets users who know their exact desired coloring get swatches exactly right.
Putting Publisher's version of the "Color Picker" into action can be useful, especially if you lack access to a graphics software program or don't want to toggle between the two. Select colors for a blank, to-be-created document or recolor already-existing pictures using the "More Colors" option and "Colors" window. You can apply the color treatment to photographs, logos, backgrounds and other options within Publisher.
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