Create your own color palette in Keynote
Keynote's templates each come with a pre-loaded set of colors (and they're no longer ugly!) While most of these do fine, sometimes they just don't gel with your slides.
You can get more out of this tool by creating your own color palettes in three simple steps.
Check out the FAQs at the end for how to delete samples and more.
Sample with eyedropper tool.
Use the eye dropper to sample 3-5 colors from the main image - from light to dark, with one contrasting color.
Pull the color squares into the sample saver while you work.
Apply these colors to text, shapes and shadows as needed. Refine as you go to get the best colors.
Samples get messy and it's easy accidentally to drag over and delete colors. What about adding more?
Create custom palettes: New > Rename first. Then sample and drag into the palette.
Ideal for clients and templates.
Select your color. Copy the hex code (find it under the color sliders). Paste into coolors.co, lock and hit space bar until the magic happens. Copy + paste your colors back into Keynote.
This works great if your image doesn't offer more than one color, or when you're building a graphic presentation without much/colorful imagery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will my samples & color palettes only show up in keynote?
Your saved samples and palettes are available across your Mac — in Pages, Numbers and even Office for Mac!
Why can't I see my color palette on my other Mac?
iCloud syncing for color palettes has been on our personal wishlist for ever, and will remain thus until someone at Apple makes it happen.
In the meantime, there are two ways to quickly duplicate your palette on your other Mac.
1. Resample from screenshot
Take a screenshot of your palette (command + shift + 4) and send it to your other Mac via AirDrop, mail, messages or copy+paste (with OS Sierra).
Re-sample the colors from that screenshot and create a new palette (steps 1 & 2 above).
2. Copy + paste hex codes
You can see the hex code for a color by clicking on the Color Sliders button in the color panel. Retype (or copy + paste) that code into the same box on your other Mac, and then drag the colors into a new palette (step 2 above).
How do I delete colors from the sample saver?
Frustratingly, Keynote doesn't let you select and delete sample colors. And you can't drag and drop them off the color tool like you would with rulers either. The easiest way to delete colors is to 'replace' them with other colors. Sounds weird, but here's how it works:
You can rearrange color samples with click and drag.
Dragging one color over another in the sample saver replaces the bottom color. So if you dragged a purple sample over a yellow sample, the purple will replace the yellow in that block and the yellow will be no more. Warning: there's no ⌘+Z-ing this. The block where your purple color was is now empty.
Using this method, you can delete samples by dragging one color over each. Eventually you're left with that one color. Get rid of it by sampling the empty box color with the eyedropper tool, and then dragging that color over the remaining sample.