How are SharePoint 2010 Theme colors used?

26 Jun

SharePoint 2010 Theme Color Mapping

Corrie Haffly

How exactly are the theme colors used in the SharePoint 2010 v4 master page? If you’re creating your own color scheme, refer to the images and explanation below to understand more of how the colors are used. You’ll also find a download at the end with the SharePoint CSS files – theme comments included – so that you can search through them and pick apart which colors are used where.

More than just ten colors

SharePoint uses a set of theme colors (a .thmx file, which is the same type of file that you’d use for PowerPoint, Word, and other Office themes). These colors are used for fonts, backgrounds, and borders throughout the site. Below, I’ve posted a graphic showing the colors from the “Classic” theme.

If you dissect a themeable stylesheet, you’ll see lines of comments before the CSS for defining colors. This is what tells the theme…

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