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Chapter 14. Creating Custom Themes > Adding Custom Charts

Adding Custom Charts

With the graphics and layouts all in place, you'll want to focus on modifying some of the settings that make your theme appear more professional. Charts in Keynote can use color or image fills, and they have many settings you can customize to match your theme.

To customize a chart with your own colors or images

Select the Blank master slide in the Master Slide Navigator.

Choose Edit > Duplicate, or press .

Keynote creates a duplicate of the Blank master slide, called “Blank copy.”

Click on the Chart icon in the toolbar, or choose Insert > Chart.

Keynote gives you a new chart with two sample data series, opens the Chart Inspector, and opens the Chart Data Editor (Figure 14.24).

Figure 14.24. When you create a chart, the Chart Inspector and the Chart Data Editor open.

In the first column of the Chart Data Editor, add four more items under Region 2. If you want you can name them Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, and Region 6. The names aren't important; you just need placeholder data series.

The idea is to add more regions so that you will be able to apply chart fills for up to six data series. The fills will serve as the defaults for charts made from this master slide.

You should now have six color marked rows in the left column of the Chart Data Editor (Figure 14.25).

Figure 14.25. Entering placeholder data in the Chart Data Editor makes Keynote create bars in the chart, which you can then customize with your own chart fills.

Now we need some data in those regions so that they appear in our chart. In each of the regions in the 2004 column, starting with Region 3, double-click on each cell and enter the number 50. Again, it doesn't really matter what number you enter here; you just want some sample data.

(This should be directly under the number 55 in the Chart Data Editor.)

On your slide, starting with the leftmost chart column, click the column so that small white dots appear at the top and bottom of the column, indicating that it has been selected.

Switch to the Graphic Inspector.

Notice that you can fully edit both the fill and stroke of the column. You can choose from solid colors, gradients, or even image fills of your choice. There are also several tiling options for image fills, which change the behavior of the fill inside the chart columns (Figure 14.26). For more information about tiling options, see “Using Color and Gradient Fills” in Chapter 5.

Figure 14.26. Use the Fill options on the Graphic Inspector to change your chart fills.

Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the other five columns until you have all of the columns set up with your custom color or fill.



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