SharePoint 2013 free design tool by Microsoft: Color Palette Tool

Microsoft has added a new free tool to its myriad of cool solutions: SharePoint Color Palette Tool. You can download this  free of charge from the Microsoft Download Center website.

What is a Color Palette ?

If you have been playing around with SharePoint 2013, you probably saw the new design wizard that lets you choose a theme for your site.

By default, 32 of those themes are available out of the box. You can create your own by creating a .spcolor file.

 sharepoint 2013 theme wizard

A .spcolor file is actually an xml file that consists of an element and the value of that element, much like CSS files to design a website.

More information and a full table of all items here: Understanding Color Palettes on the msdn website

This post has some easy to read but very complete material: SharePoint blog


Why do I need this tool ?

Well, you can go ahead and do manual editing of a big xml file, or you can use this easy and straight forward design tool.

It looks like this:

 SharePoint 15 color palette tool

Functionality is very straight forward:

You can change the values via a color picking or by editing the values, add a background image, do a preview and save the whole thing as a .spcolor file.

Easy as pie, but will save some hours designing sites !

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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