Coloring Objects in Microsoft Publisher 2010

If you’ve upgraded to Microsoft Publisher 2010, you may have encountered a problem with Publisher not retaining specific color values. The problem occurs when you right click an object and use the “Format <object type>” dialog box to specify particular CMYK values.

The workaround is to use the appropriate feature on the ribbon, e.g. the “Recolor” button in the “Adjust” group on the “Picture Tools / Format” tab.

Use the simple techniques listed below to avoid this problem:

  • To apply color to text, highlight the text and go Home > Font Color > More Colors… > Custom > CMYK and input the CMYK values or use the color picker.

  • To apply a colored shape outline (border), select the object and go Drawing Tools / Format > Shape Outline > More Outline Colors > Custom > CMYK and input the CMYK values or use the color picker.
  • To apply a colored shape fill, select the object and go Drawing Tools / Format > Shape Fill > More Fill Colors > Custom > CMYK and input the CMYK values or use the color picker.
  • To recolor an image, select the image and go Picture Tools / Format > Recolor > More Variations… > Color > More Colors… > Custom > CMYK and input the CMYK values or use the color picker.

Another workaround is to create a custom color scheme and use the swatches in the custom color scheme to apply the desired color. Follow the steps below to create a custom color scheme:

  1. On the Page Design tab, in the Schemes group, click the More arrow in the lower right-hand corner of the color schemes gallery.
  2. Click Create new color scheme.
  3. In the Create New Color Scheme dialog box, under New, click the arrow next to each color that you want to change and then select a new color.
  4. Type a name for your custom color scheme and then click Save.

Your custom color scheme is now the default color scheme. All objects in your publication that were filled with scheme colors are now filled with the colors in your custom color scheme. The colors that you selected can now be used as the scheme colors when selecting colors throughout your publication.

One word of caution: before creating a custom color scheme, check with you LPi technical support specialist to ensure that your color scheme is compatible with LPi printing standards.

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About Charlie Woller

Charlie Woller works as a technical trainer at LPi’s MidEast Region Service Center. He enjoys the opportunities to travel and to meet and work with customers which his job affords him. His greatest satisfaction comes from coaching customers on how best to take advantage of the publishing tools and resources available to them. During his spare time, Charlie likes to read (mysteries, thrillers, horror, quantum physics) and listen to classical music.

3 thoughts on “Coloring Objects in Microsoft Publisher 2010

  1. Linda Mutch

    I am having the same trouble as another individual who posted this problem online. I have changed to cmyk colours. I click Picture Tools / Format > Recolor > More Variations… > Color > More Colors… > Custom > CMYK and input the specific CMYK values that I want.The colours automatically switch to something else entirely (similar colour, but way off)no matter what I try to do. I have the Commercial Printer Settings set to CMYK from the start. What’s the problem? I am anxious to get this resolved. Thank-you.

  2. Linda Mutch

    I wasn’t paying attention. I thought I was on a microsoft website….oops! Anyway, if anyone sees this post and has an answer, I’d be grateful. Although, I’m not confident that there is one. (I’m finding this a great website though, as I’m checking it out.)

  3. Diane

    It is a glitch in Publisher 2010. For some reason, the color selections don’t stick. The only work-around I know of is to set up a spot color in the commercial print settings with the exact values you need. Then use the spot color where you need it.

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