Good Slide Design: How to Pick The Perfect Colors in PowerPoint

When it comes to effective slide design, picking the right colors will always go a long way. Let’s face it, good slide design isn’t just about making stellar infographics, it’s about making everything ‘fit’ with each other. We have to pick the right colors to make our slides beautiful, and that’s why we made this tutorial.

Color Supply

In this PowerPoint tutorial, we’re going to be using a website/app called Color Supply. Color Supply is a fantastic tool because it enables us to choose colors that go well just by spinning a wheel. What’s particularly great is how you see some vector images changing in color depending on your choices, so that you can see your choices come to life.

When spinning the color wheel, there are five options that you can select. Each option can alter your color choices significantly, and these options are:

  • Complimentary: Colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel (e.g. orange and blue)
  • Analogous: Schemes that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match extremely well and create a nice flow upon their use.
  • Triad: Made up of three colors, all evenly spaced around the color wheel.
  • Split-Complement: Another take on the complimentary option. We have one base color, and then two colors are chosen adjacent to its complement.
  • Square: Four colors, all evenly spaced on the color wheel.

Where PowerPoint Fits In

As the video tutorial demonstrates, the idea is to choose your colors and take a screenshot of the web page. You can then paste your selection into your slide, and use PowerPoint’s eye dropper tool to register the color you want.

What About Color Psychology?

Yeah, I know. This tutorial doesn’t go into depth on what the colors mean and how they influence certain emotion trigger. But don’t fret, we’ve already covered a post on that over here.

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.
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