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Make your charts match the PowerPoint theme in seconds

Make your charts match the PowerPoint theme in seconds

by Sanket on May 17, 2011 · 1 comment

in Tutorials

Your presentations don’t just convey information, they convey your personality too. You could keep it simple, add a touch of elegance or completely jazz it up! And whatever personality your presentations are conveying, wouldn’t you want your charts to convey that too? Yes sir. With the latest addition to oomfo, you can now match the charts to your PowerPoint theme in seconds. In this post, you will see how you can do this in a step-by-step example.

To start with, chose a theme for your presentation. I chose the Median theme because it looks elegant, thus conveying my personality :)

Choosing a PowerPoint theme

Now go ahead and insert an oomfo chart. Go to the Insert tab > oomfo ribbon > Insert chart to bring up the oomfo chart builder. I have inserted the single-series column chart with its default data and settings into the slide. Position it the way you like it in the slide.

Adding oomfo's default chart

As you can see, the chart uses the default oomfo look which is pretty different from what we have in the theme. Time to give the chart a makeover. To match it with the presentation theme, bring up the context menu (right-clik on the chart) and go to oomfo > Match Presentation Theme.

Match PowerPoint theme option from the context menu

This will bring up the simple but highly effective Match Presentation theme dialog box. There are threee things you can select – background color, font color, font face and size. As you will see, the colors you have for the background and font have been auto-picked from the theme. You will have seven options that you can choose from.

Match PowerPoint theme dialog box

Select the light brown color for the background (the rightmost color in the palette) and see how it affects the chart.

Picking a background color from the PowerPoint theme

Pretty effective, huh? Even the colors for the columns have been picked up intelligently from the theme itself to go along well with the background. They are the same colors that the columns would have had if it was a PowerPoint chart.

With a dark background we need a light color for the font. How about white itself?

Picking a font color from the PowerPoint theme

Looks like we are all set. Hit slideshow and see how the chart looks.

Chart matching PowerPoint theme in slideshow

Exactly what we were looking for, isn’t it? And all it took was two clicks in the Match Presentation Theme dialog box. Moreover, when you go back to your presentation to create more slides, the charts will be using this theme automatically.

Now that your chart matches the theme, what if you wanted to customize it further? Pretty simple, just go to edit chart and customize whatever you want to. To start with, let’s see how to remove the border around the chart.

Select the chart in the slide and click on the Edit chart button in the oomfo ribbon. Go to the Chart Cosmetics tab. You will see that the theme name is displayed as PowerPoint theme in the drop-down. Click on Customize.

Customizing the themed chart

The Theme Customization dialog box has a lot of tabs with a lot of options. To remove the border, all you need to do is uncheck the Show Border box in the Background tab that comes up by default.

Theme Customization dialog box

In the slideshow mode, you will see that the chart blends excellently with the background.

Chart matching PowerPoint theme in slideshow (without border)

Now how about some advanced customization? Let’s do something stylish. How about adding a glow effect to the divisional lines in the chart – the ones at $100K, $200K etc.

We will have to create a style for it. To do that, go to Edit Chart > Chart Cosmetics tab and click on the Create Styles button.

Create a new style

This will open the Create a Style dialog box with a lot of different styles – animation, font, blur, bevel, blur and shadow. For each of these different kinds of styles, there are a lot of parameters using which you can define the style.

Create Styles dialog box

Since we are going to create a Glow style, hit the Glow tab and define the style the way you want to. After you are done, give it a name and save it. Click OK on the Create a Style dialog box to go back to the Chart Cosmetics tab.

Saving Glow Style

Now that our style has been created, we have to go ahead and apply the style to the divisional lines. Click on the Apply Styles button.

Apply Styles

This will open the Apply Styles dialog box with the list of all chart elements and all the styles that have been created. Select DIVLINES from the chart element and apply the Glow Style to it.

Applying glow style to the divisional lines

And that’s it. Go the slideshow to see your divisional lines looking stylish with the glow.

Themed chart wtih stylish glow effect for divisional lines

That’s how easy it is to match the chart to your PowerPoint theme, and even make further customizations to it. So go ahead and let your charts speak your personality too!

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