EDITING THEMES

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EDITING THEMES

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You may have several Mekko Graphics themes defined in your Preference Manager. Editing a theme involves specifying the available colors and their uses for various elements in your chart, the series draw order for those colors, the font typeface, and the segment border style for a specified theme.

EDITING A THEME

1.Launch the Preference Manager and double-click the theme you wish you wish to edit from your list of available themes. You may also select the theme and click the Edit button.

2.This will launch the Mekko Graphics Theme Edit dialog box.

DEFINING A FONT

If you use PowerPoint themes, you can define an output font and an Asian text font to your Mekko Graphics theme. You must apply your PowerPoint theme to those slides for those selections to apply to your charts.  For example, if you named your Mekko Graphics theme Company A, you must have a corresponding PowerPoint theme called Company A for the below options to be applied.  

DEFINING COLOR PALETTE

You have the option to create new colors, delete colors, edit the names and/or RGB values of existing colors, or add colors from a different file.  You can do this for Multicolor, No Shading styles of charts, as well as Gantt Charts.

TO CREATE A NEW COLOR

1.Click the New  button to create a new color. This will bring you into the Create/Edit Colors screen.  

2.Here, you may name your color, and define the RGB values. To choose from either the standard or custom color palette wheel, click the appropriate tab, choose your color, .

3.Next, choose the intensity. Specify the color as dark or light. If the color is dark, the labels for that color will display as white. If you designate the color as light, the labels will display as dark.  

4.Finally, you may categorize your new color as a Generic color, a Highlight color or as a Gray Scale color. This will determine where the color appears on the color palette in Mekko Graphics.

 

EDITING AN EXISTING COLOR

1.To edit an existing color, select the color you wish to edit, and then click the Edit button. This will bring you into the Create/Edit Colors screen below.  

2.Here, you may re-name your color, and define the RGB values. To choose from either the standard or custom color palette wheel, click the appropriate tab, choose your color, .

3.Next, choose the intensity. Specify the color as dark or light. If the color is dark, the labels for that color will display as white. If you designate the color as light, the labels will display as dark.  

4.Finally, you may categorize your new color as a Generic color, a Highlight color or as a Gray scale color. This will determine where the color appears on the color palette in Mekko Graphics.

 

DELETING A COLOR

Simply select a color from the Color Palette and click Delete to delete it from the color palette. Click Delete All to delete all the colors at once. If the color also exists in the Draw Order, it will automatically be deleted from there as well. If the color is unable to be deleted, it may be one of the Protected Colors.

 

ARROWS

The set of Vertical arrow buttons on the left side of the screen navigates the order the colors appear in the UI (i.e. the color palette). Clicking on one and then clicking the up or down arrow will navigate that color up and down the list.  You may also use multi-select Shift-Click or Ctrl-Click to select more than one color at a time.

 

ADD COLORS FROM FILE

To add colors from an existing theme file (i.e. a shared theme file from a colleague), click the Add Colors from File button in the Preference Manager Themes tab.

You may choose either a PowerPoint theme, or an existing Mekko Graphics theme file. Doing so will load the theme's colors and append them to your existing theme.

 

DEFINING YOUR DRAW ORDER

Once you have chosen your desired palette, you may choose to include those colors or exclude them from your draw order and then define the draw order itself.  

The right arrow moves colors selected from the palette to the draw order. The left arrow will remove colors from the draw order.

The set of Vertical arrow buttons on the right side of the screen navigates the draw order of the colors selected. Clicking on one and then clicking the up or down arrow will navigate the draw order color up or down the list. You may also use multi-select Shift-Click or Ctrl-Click to select more than one color at a time.

The sample bar on the right of the screen will dynamically display the color draw order choices in the order presented in the stacked bar.

 

NO SHADING (One color)

You can designate a No Shading color for both your bar, line, bubble and scatter charts. The choices in the dropdown menus are populated with all your palette colors.

 

MULTICOLOR

You can designate a colors for axes and lines, border lines, net lines, other lines (i.e. growth lines, bar comparison lines, vertical lines, segment comparison lines), chart border lines, and the background color for your bubble and scatter charts. The choices in the dropdown menus are populated with all your palette colors.

 

GANTT COLORS

You can designate colors for different elements of your Gantt chart. To edit your colors for Gantt charts, double click to open the desired theme, and go to the Gantt tab in the Edit Theme menu. The choices in the dropdown menus are populated with all your palette colors. Choose your colors for each gantt element.

PROTECTED COLORS

Certain colors are protected in the Preference Manager. These colors are not able to be modified or deleted, but may be removed from the draw order.  Protected colors include Black, White and the grayscales: 12% gray, 25% gray, 36% gray, 69% gray.

Once you have made all the edits to your theme, you must name the theme and save it. Click Cancel to cancel all your theme edits.