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2013 Color of the Year: Emerald

Every year Pantone picks a ‘color of the year’ and for 2013 the color is Emerald. Not only will you see this abundant hue cropping up in next season’s fashions, cosmetics and home decor, but the trend is likely to manifest in other areas pertinent to many of you, such as photo albums, scrapbook embellishments , wedding decor, bridesmaid dresses and prom gowns.

While it goes without saying that trends are typically here today, gone tomorrow — we do have a handy little color tip that will serve you well over many seasons, regardless of whether the colour du jour is manic magenta or baby food green.

To add a little splash of color to your slideshows:
The foolproof method is to sample a color directly from the images used in your show. Slideshow pros use this trick to create energy, unity and personality through the use of color-coordinated borders, backgrounds and text.

ProShow lets you easily define custom colors using the built-in color picker. Just click on the ‘Set Color’ option for the layer or text object you want to customize, then click on the small eye dropper tool in the top left corner. When the eye dropper tool is activated, you can drag your cursor over any image in your show to pick up the exact RGB color values of the spot sampled. You may want to experiment with different shade selections, but ultimately, it’s very hard to go wrong with this method.


If you know exactly what color you want to use, you can always enter the HEX or RGB values in the color picker to achieve total precision. ‘Emerald‘ can be achieved by entering ‘0-152-116’ in the RGB color field.


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As the head of the Creative team at Photodex, Leslie is involved in the design & production of ProShow demos, slideshows & special effects. She is a self-professed Crazy Cat Lady who is into horror movies, music, good food, and riding her bike around Austin.