How to Work with Colors in a Google Slides Presentation

How to Work with Colors in a Google Slides Presentation | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations


When creating your presentation, you always need to take into consideration both your audience and the topic of your speech. In this sense, it is always a good idea to take colors into consideration, as they can influence people! 

In this how-to, we are going to teach you how to use and play with colors in Google Slides

How to change the color of the theme (or accents) in Google Slides

After having a look at color wheels and giving it a thought, you have decided to use your own color palette, cool! In any case, bear in mind that our templates have their own theme tones. 

In this section, we will work with hex codes. It is a means to represent colors in computing applications.  

  • First, click on View in the toolbar. Then, click on Master
  • Look for the color palette icon (Theme colors) and click it.
  • Click on the Choose a theme color to show a dropdown menu.
Displaying the “Choose a theme color” dropdown menu
  • In this menu, you have different tone options: Text and background, Accent and Links. They correspond to different items in the slides. For this example, we are going to click on the first option of the list: Text and background 1.
  • After clicking on it, a new menu appears. It includes a color picker, so you can move the dot until you get the perfect hue.
  • If you already have a hue in mind, type its code in the Hex slot.
  • Now all the previously colored items with the Text and background 1 hue will change!
Changing the Font and background color 1 making use of hex codes 

How to apply colors and gradients to texts, vectors and backgrounds

We have seen that there are different options in the theme hues  dropdown menu, do you remember? They are Text and background colors (1, 2, 3, 4), Accent (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and Link. Remember that these names appear by default; an Accent hue may very well apply to a text, for example. Have a look at the previous section to learn more about them!  

Apply them to different texts, backgrounds and vectors in the slides. This way, when you change a theme tone as in the previous section, all the items linked to this hue will change. Let’s begin with text.  

  • If you are not familiar with How to Format Texts in Google Slides, have a look at the tutorial.
  • After adding a text and choosing the font that you prefer, select it. Click on Text color in the toolbar.
  • Then, choose any of the hues that appear under Theme. Now your text is linked to the tones of the theme!
Applying a color of the theme to a text

Now, we will focus on vectors that are not part of the master slide: 

  • Choose the image you want to edit. Click on it.
  • To change the hue of one of the vectors, click specifically on it.
  • Go to Fill color in the toolbar.
  • Choose any hue under Theme.
Changing the color of vectors

What if we want to change the tone of a vector of the master slide? 

  • Go to View in the toolbar → Master.
  • Go to the chosen slide.
  • Click on the desired vector.
  • Click on Fill color in the toolbar, and choose a Theme color.
  • Then, click on X in the right hand corner.
Applying other theme color to a vector

The last point in this section is to learn how to change the tone of the background: 

  • We need to go to the master again. Click on View → Master.
  • In the toolbar, click on Background. Click on Color and choose the preferred hue under Theme. Then, click Done. You can also access the Background features by clicking Background in the toolbar, you don’t need to access the master slide! Make sure not to select any specific element. Otherwise, only options related to such element will appear.
Changing the background color

There are other design options to create a great background! Do you like gradients? Let’s discover how to apply them! 

  • Once again, go to View → Master.
  • Click on Background. You’ll find this option in the toolbar.
  • Click on Color and a dropdown menu will appear. Choose a gradient under Theme.
  • Click Done.
  • Remember that you can still change the background without accessing the master slide. Simply click on Background in the toolbar.
Adding custom gradients

If you prefer adding your personalized gradient, the steps are similar to the previous ones:  

  • In the toolbar, click on View → Master → Background.
  • Click on Color → Gradient.
  • Under Custom, click on +.
  • Change the following features as needed: Type, Angle, Gradient Stops, Color,
  • Rotate with shape and the hue bar.
  • Click OK. Done!

How to edit colors: transparencies

There are other hue effects that you can use, as transparencies. Let’s see how to use them in your template! 

Transparencies only work when you want to apply a hue in a closed shape, be it a vector, a rectangle… 

  • Click on an image. Click again to highlight an element or vector.
  • Click on Fill color in the toolbar
  • Under Custom, choose the + button
  • In the window, you can add a Hex code, change the Hue (light, dark) and the level of Transparency.
  • Click on OK… Done!
Adding transparencies

→ Do you like the theme that we have used for this section? Download now our Primary School Virtual Graduation template

Downloading and editing a color variant

Let’s now have a look at another template. Slidesgo offers a series of templates that include tone variants. 
When you access our webpage, they appear with bubbles in different tones, then: 

  • Click on the title of the template.
  • When you are on the template page, pay attention to the variants. They appear under Themes. If you click on each of them, you’ll see a preview.
  • Click on Use a Google Slides Theme.
  • Click on Make a copy.
  • You have just opened your template! To edit it, you just need to follow all the steps above. Voilá!
Downloading a color variant

→ If you fancy the cool design of this E-Learning presentation, download them now!  

You are now ready to play with hues and hues in your Google Slides presentation! 


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