Creating a theme for SharePoint 2010 using PowerPoint
Something that a “non web design savvy” administrator can do to “pretty” up their SharePoint 2010 site is to change the theme (the theme controls the fonts and colours of the site) and this is easily done with Microsoft PowerPoint. It is very simple to do and it really helps when you cannot find one of the standard themes in SharePoint to fit your company / personal colours.
So Lets’ begin:
Next to the images of the preset themes you will see three menu items: Colours, Fonts and Effects. We are going to work on Colours first. So Click on the Colours menu item, and then choose “Create New Theme Colours..” at the bottom.
Here you can play with the colours and get a preview of your theme. For my theme, I decided on soft pastel colours. Once you are happy with your colours, type in a custom name for your theme. Make sure it is unique compared to the names of the standard SharePoint 2010 themes. Click Save once you are done.
Click on the Fonts Menu next. Click on “Create New Theme Fonts…” at the bottom
This will open up the Fonts Window
Choose the fonts you want. I would suggest going with standard ones like Calbri, Arial or Verdana. Using “obscure” fonts will make the site difficult to read, and the site will end up loosing favour with your users. Choose a name for your Font set and click Save.
The following is a list of the standard fonts in SharePoint Server 2010: (taken from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2215935 )
Times New Roman
You need to save your work as a .thmx file. So click the Office button, click save as, and then choose Office Theme (.thmx) as your file type. Also take note of where you save it – you will need it later.
Click on Documents Tabs and select Upload Document.
To apply your new theme to the site, browse to Site Settings page and select Site Theme menu item under Looks and Feel section.