Using the Eyedropper Tool in PowerPoint 2013

At Engage Presentations, we aspire to build audience oriented, professional looking presentations for our clients. We start by carefully designing and programming a colour scheme into PowerPoint. We achieve visual unity by using similar or variations/tones of a colour, and by adding complimentary and contrasting colours to our mix. When executed properly, all the elements in a presentation (tables, charts, text, graphs, pictures) along with the content tie in together to create beautiful and seamless design harmony. We do this in a manner that our clients can leverage when they build content.

In the past, matching colours using PowerPoint was not easy (or even possible) if you did not know the exact colour code you wanted to pick (commonly known as RGB). Without tools like Photoshop or Illustrator to define colour values it was a guessing game. With the Eyedropper feature, PowerPoint 2013 has made matching colours a possibility for all users. Using the Eyedropper feature in PowerPoint 2013 to match the colour of a shape or image WITHIN PowerPoint:

1. On your PowerPoint slide, select a shape that you want to colour match.
2. On the Ribbon, click Drawing Tools.
3. Click Format, then click Shape Fill.
4. Click Eyedropper. Move the mouse over the picture and watch the color in the preview window beside the Eyedropper cursor.
5. Click when you see the desired colour in the preview window to apply it to the shape fill color.

Using the Eyedropper feature in PowerPoint 2013 to match the colour of any image OUTSIDE of PowerPoint:

1. In PowerPoint, follow the same steps outlined above to get to the Eyedropper tool.
2. Left-click within the slide and drag your mouse (without letting go) to move the Eyedropper cursor outside of the PowerPoint window; this allows you to access any colour you see on screen (i.e. from a Website, a Word or Excel Document etc.).
3. Release the mouse when you have found your desired colour in order to apply that colour to your shape.

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