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Find the Perfect Color Match with Microsoft Paint and Use It In PowerPoint (with video)

I’m redesigning a PowerPoint 2010 presentation, and wanted to match the colors to the ones on my book cover. I used free software to do it. Microsoft Paint’s Color Picker tool makes it easy to color match.

The colors displayed on your computer are designated as RGB. That’s short for the first letters in the colors red, green, and blue that are combined in various percentages to produce other colors. Here’s how I used Paint’s Color Picker and then used it in PowerPoint by creating a custom color.

In PowerPoint 2010, the custom color you create works inside the file you create it in so you’ll have to do a repeat for others. I found a PowerPoint add-in that will allow you to save color swatches, but I couldn’t get it to install. Hope you’ll have better luck with it.

How to Find the Hex (HTML) Equivalent for WordPress (PC user)

As illustrated in the above video, I used the Color Picker tool in Microsoft Paint to get the Hue, Sat, Lum, Red, Green, Blue. Then I went to http://www.ColorPicker.com and used those numbers I got from Microsoft Paint to get the #Hex code. Users who’ve invested in Adobe Illustrator probably know to use its Eye Dropper tool to find the numbers. It gives you the RGB, CMYK, HEX, and other codes.

Another method is using the Windows Calculator:

  1. Open the Windows Calculator (in Windows 8, on the Start Tile screen, type Paint, and press Enter when it’s selected).
  2. Press Alt+3 to get to Programming mode on the calculator.
  3. With Dec selected, type in the Red, Green, and Blue numbers.
  4. Tick Hex to get the code.