Theme colors control the default color options throughout Articulate Quizmaker. Several built-in theme colors are provided for you, but you can also create your own custom theme colors.

Theme colors determine the color choices for Quizmaker objects such as text, shapes, captions, outlines, and images. For example, take a look at the color gallery below. These are the choices you might see when you choose the fill color for a shape. The actual theme colors appear across the top row of the selection window, and shades of each appear below them. Any time you want to apply a color that's not part of the color theme, choose one of the Standard Colors, or choose More Colors to define the exact color you want.

To see the theme colors available, click the Design tab on the Quizmaker ribbon, and then click the Colors drop-down.

If you've set up any custom theme colors, they'll appear at the top of the list, in the section called Custom. The Built-In color themes appear below that. The theme colors used on the currently selected slide are shown with a thin orange outline.

Each theme is a palette of eight colors. The first two are designed for text and backgrounds. The last six are designed for accent colors—for example, the default color for shapes and Quick Styles.

To see the full color palette for any theme or to modify any of the colors, see the section called Modifying theme colors below.

Applying and Managing Theme Colors

To apply a set of theme colors to all slides that share the same slide master as the current slide, click the Colors drop-down from the Design tab, and left-click the colors you want to use.

Or, from the Colors drop-down, right-click a set of colors and choose any of the following options.

  • Apply to Matching Questions: This applies the theme colors to all slides in your quiz that are based on the same slide master as the current slide. (You can achieve the same thing by left-clicking the theme colors from the list.)
  • Apply to All Questions: This applies the theme colors to all slides in your quiz.
  • Apply Only to This Question: This applies the theme colors to the currently selected slide only.
  • Edit: This brings up the color theme editor. More about that in a minute (see the section below called Modifying theme colors). This option is only available for custom theme colors you've created, not any of the built-in theme colors.
  • Delete: This removes the theme colors from Quizmaker. This option is only available for custom theme colors you've created, not any of the built-in theme colors.

Creating New Theme Colors

Here's how to create a new set of theme colors:

  1. Click the Design tab on the Quizmaker ribbon.
  2. Click the Colors drop-down.
  3. Select Create New Theme Colors from the bottom of the list.
  4. The color theme editor appears where you can choose your palette. Here are some things you should know:
    • The Text/Background items are designed to help make text easily readable when applied to shapes. For example, text formatted with darker shades is designed to be readable when placed in lighter-colored shapes.
    • Accent 1 is the default fill color for shapes and captions.
    • Accents 2-6 are colors you can choose in style galleries and color selectors throughout Quizmaker.
    • Hyperlink is the color used for text hyperlinks.
    • Control 1 is the hover color for answer choices (except drag items, drop-down questions, and Likert Scale questions—these use Custom 2).
    • Custom 1 is used for the button color on the result slide.
    • Custom 2 is the default color for selected radio buttons (but this can be overridden with the radio button formatting options). It's also the hover color for drag items, drop-down questions, and Likert Scale questions.
  5. Find the item you want to change, and use its color selector to assign a different color. If you don't see a color you want, choose More Colors and then do any of the following when the Colors window appears. Click OK when you're done.
    • Click the color you want (either a square color swatch or a color in the spectrum area).
    • Create a custom color by entering values in the Hue/Sat/Lum fields, or the Red/Green/Blue fields, or the Html field.
    • Use Quizmaker's color picker to choose a custom color from anything viewable on your screen. Just click the eyedropper, hover over any area of your screen, and click it to choose that color.
    If the color you've chosen is something you want to save for easy selection later, click Add to Custom Colors. The color will get added to the bank of Custom Colors in the lower left area of the window.

  6. In the Name field, enter a name for your new theme colors.
  7. Click Save.

Modifying Theme Colors

It's easy to modify any custom theme colors you previously created. Here's how:

  1. Click the Design tab on the Quizmaker ribbon.
  2. Click the Colors drop-down.
  3. Right-click the theme colors you want to modify, and select Edit.
  4. The color theme editor appears where you can modify any item you choose. (Use the same guidelines shown above for creating new theme colors.)

Note: You might notice that the built-in theme colors can't be modified. However, you can create your own theme colors based on any of the built-in themes. Here's how:

  1. First apply the built-in theme colors you want to use as your base colors (i.e., left-click a built-in theme).
  2. On the Design tab, click the Colors drop-down and choose Create New Theme Colors. This opens up the color theme editor, and the colors will default to the ones from the built-in color theme you're currently using.
  3. Just edit the colors to your liking, and save the theme colors under a new name.

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