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    Color Merging

    Is it possible to somehow merge colors though they were transitioning from one color to another as in a rainbow affect?

    I have attached a .ppt that has the Red, Orange, Yellow and Green color bar that I want to merge together like the rainbow object that I took from the MS Excel Rainbow II present format.

    I suppose I could do thing the long way by breaking up the Rainbow II object, deleting the colors I don't want and making copies of the ones that I want. I was just wondering if there was an easier way.

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    Re: Color Merging

    Hi Amy

    I chucked this together, is this what you are looking for?
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    Re: Color Merging

    or this as a jpeg
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    Re: Color Merging

    ...or this as png
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    Re: Color Merging

    You can simulate the effect in PowerPoint by creating two rectangles, one with a color fill from red to yellow, and another one with a color fill from yellow to green.
    In the attached .ppt, I have intentionally left the borders of the rectangles visible, to show the two rectangles, but you should set them to transparent (no line).
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    Re: Color Merging

    Hans,
    Thanks for the solution. I see now.

    However, I do like the color widths in Jezza's examples better.

    Jezza,
    How did you create those jpegs and gifs? I'd like to duplicate that using other colors.

    Amy

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    Re: Color Merging

    Hi Amy

    I normally use Macromedia (now Adobe) Fireworks but I am now an absolutele lover of GIMP. A freeware piece of software that does some really brilliant effects. It took me minutes to understand how to use it and there are some brilliant help files on the interweb thingy <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Color Merging

    Jerry,
    Thank you for the tip. I'll look for the freeware software and see if I can duplicate what you have done with other colors. I'll spare you another request to do it for me You have been great.

    BTW, where shoud I send the check for you and Hans? The help you have provided is worth its weight and gold and I feel like Woody's Lounge should be a paid subscription?

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    Re: Color Merging

    That's very kind of you, but we're happy to provide help for free. Some of us even refuse an offer of a pint of beer! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Thanks, my currency of worth is a [choccy bar] <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Color Merging

    Ignore those other two - just send your money to me and I'll make sure they get their fair share <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Color Merging

    In addition to the approaches given by Hans and Jerry there are numerous other choices. Most commercial graphics editors provide you with a blend or gradient function, which is what you are asking about.
    Examples of vector graphics editors are Freehand, Corel Draw, Xara X And Adobe Illustrator. Open source possibilities include Gimp, as Jerry mentioned, for images and Inkscape for scalable vector graphics. These possibilities range from costly to the other extreme of no cost. In between are mass appeal programs like Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro (and numerous others) that represent good value and provide gradient capabilities. If this is a one-off requirement then your best bet is to specify your colors (r,g,b values) , shape and blend direction and I am sure you will get several submissions from the Lounge. If you will have a more frequent need, then you might start with one of the free programs and see how it fits.

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    Re: Color Merging

    You did not mention which version of Powerpoint you are using, but in Powerpoint 2007 it is possible to modify the gradient colors by adding or removing Stops
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    Re: Color Merging

    Jerry,
    I downloaded the GIMP freeware this morning and started playing with it. Thank you for the tip. I'll have to go over the user manuals as I couldn't immediately duplicate what you did.

    Would you be able to do gradient affect for the attached 5 color scheme in jpg and gif?

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    Re: Color Merging

    This was done once again with the simplistic method I described earlier.
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