During all of this mass production, I did realize one thing that I was doing that might be of interest to anyone who reads this blog.
Color Sampling and Filling
If you look back at the sample certificates I posted earlier, they all include color. The certificates use different layouts; however, they all have cells filled with a color that matches another color in the certificate.
- For Orange Blossoms, I sampled a green in the leaves to create the green borders.
- For Pioneer Border and Pioneer Stripe, I sampled blues in the society seal to create the blue on blue border.
I use Paint to sample the color that I want to insert into a Word document, frequently filling the cell of a table with color.
To sample a color:
- Confirm that you have the color version of the graphic for which you want to sample colors. The graphic needs to have any of the following extensions: .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .png, or .tif.
- Open Paint (select Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then Paint).
- Open the graphic (select File, Open, and then open the graphic). For example, in my case, I was opening a color scan of the state society seal.
- Click the color picker tool, and then click a color in the graphic. Color 1 in the Colors group updates to that color.
- Click the Edit colors button. The Edit Colors dialog appears.
- Look for the Red, Green, and Blue numbers. The numbers you see are the formula for the color.
See Much Ado About Graphic Software...Part 6 for information on tools and colors for older versions of Paint.
- Jot down the three numbers. Be sure to note which is red, green, and blue.
- Open a Word document, and add a table with three columns and three rows.
- Right-click in the center cell of the table. A pop-up menu appears.
- Select Borders and Shading to display the Borders and Shading dialog.
- Click the Shading tab in the dialog.
- Locate the Apply to field and select Cell from the drop-down list.
- Locate the Fill field, and click the drop-down arrow beside it. The Theme Colors pop-up appears.
- Click More Colors. The Colors dialog appears.
- Click the Custom tab.
- Enter the Red, Green, and Blue numbers you jotted down for the color formula, and then click OK. The dialog closes.
- Click OK on the Borders and Shading dialog. Word adds the color to the center cell of the table.
Assuming that nothing more is needed for the state conference, I should be back to my regular posting. So if you have questions, please send them along.