Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tip: Correcting Presentation Color Problems

Ran into a funky scenario yesterday...

A colleague of mine was creating a Presenter course but she ended up with a nasty situation when publishing a PowerPoint deck using the Presenter plugin.

The problem was the way in which colors were appearing in the final published presentation...or to be more specific...the color blue that was being used didn't show up at all. Instead, every instance of the color blue (which was used for slide titles, bullets, etc) had been converted to BLACK!

Now I've read other posts where folks ran into this same, or similar, situation before, so I wondered what might be causing the problem.

Here's what I came up with: by slightly changing the color, I republished the deck and PRESTO! The blue returned! Okay, it wasn't the exact color of blue, but it was close enough!

The original color was 0/157/217 (RGB). It was modified to 1/142/229; so granted that's a bit of a shift, but by the time it was converted and viewed online, the color shift was almost inperceptible.

Thought I'd share this experience...hopefully you've never run into this problem before, but should you find yourself in a situation where colors are not showing up or are remapping to totally different colors, then perhaps this tip will help!


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