How to Modify the Theme Colors and Accents in Google Slides

Key Takeaways

  • Changing theme colors in Google Slides allows you to customize the look and feel of your presentations to match your brand or personal style preferences.
  • You can modify individual theme colors like text, backgrounds, accents, and links through the built-in Theme Builder tool.
  • Consistent use of colors across your slides can make your presentations look more polished and professional.

As someone with over 8 years of experience in creating presentations and training materials, I understand the importance of having a visually appealing and cohesive design. One of the easiest ways to achieve this in Google Slides is by modifying the theme colors and accents to suit your needs. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process step-by-step.

Accessing the Theme Builder

The first step is to access the Theme Builder tool in Google Slides. Here’s how:

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation.
  2. Click on the “View” menu at the top, then select “Master” (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+M on Windows/Linux or Cmd+Shift+M on Mac).
  3. This will open the Master view, where you can see all the slide layouts and the theme colors on the right-hand side.

Modifying Theme Colors

With the Theme Builder open, you can now modify the individual theme colors. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the “Colors” icon in the toolbar at the top.
  2. On the right-hand side, you’ll see the “Theme colors” palette.
  3. Click on the dropdown menu next to “Choose a theme color.”
  4. Select the color you want to modify (e.g., Text and background 1, Accent 1, Link, etc.).
  5. A color picker will appear, allowing you to choose a new color in several ways:
  • Preset colors: Click on one of the preset color swatches.
  • Custom color: Click on the “Custom” option, then use the color picker to select your desired color or enter the hex code.
  • Eyedropper tool: Click on the eyedropper icon and then click anywhere on your screen to sample a color.
  1. Once you’ve selected your new color, all elements in your presentation that use that particular theme color will update automatically.

Note: If you want to revert to the default theme colors at any point, simply click on the “Reset to default theme” button at the bottom of the “Theme colors” palette.

Working with Accent Colors

Accent colors are often used for emphasis or to highlight important elements in your slides. Google Slides provides six accent colors by default, but you can modify these as well:

  1. In the “Theme colors” palette, click on the dropdown menu next to “Choose a theme color.”
  2. Select one of the “Accent” colors (e.g., Accent 1, Accent 2, etc.).
  3. Use the color picker to choose your desired accent color, just like you did for the other theme colors.

Tips for Effective Color Usage

While modifying theme colors is a great way to personalize your presentations, it’s important to use colors effectively to maintain a cohesive and visually appealing design. Here are some tips:

  • Use a consistent color scheme: Stick to a limited palette of 2-4 colors throughout your presentation for a cohesive look.
  • Consider color psychology: Different colors can evoke different emotions and associations, so choose colors that align with your message or brand.
  • Maintain contrast: Ensure there is sufficient contrast between text and background colors for optimal readability.
  • Use accent colors sparingly: Accent colors should be used for emphasis, not as primary colors throughout your slides.
  • Test for accessibility: Make sure your color choices are accessible to individuals with color vision deficiencies by using tools like WebAIM’s Color Contrast Checker.

By following these tips and taking advantage of the Theme Builder tool in Google Slides, you can create visually stunning and cohesive presentations that effectively communicate your message while reflecting your personal or brand style.