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Change Topic Colors

Enhance the visual impact of your mind maps by customizing the colors of the topic shapes. With the ability to personalize the color scheme, you can create visually captivating mind maps that effectively convey information and engage your audience.

01 How To Change Topic Colors

Changing topic colors of your map refers to filling the interior of topics with a different color. You can change the topic colors of your map by following these steps.

Method 1: Change Topic Colors Through the Right Side Panel

Here is the quick process of setting the topic colors with the right side panel.

Step 1: Launch EdrawMind. Select Create or Import the file saved on your computer. Click the topic you intend to add a color on. Go to Fill Color in the right side panel.

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Step 2: Click the down arrow on the right side, and choose an appropriate color in the drop-down menu.

edrawmind choose theme color for shape
Method 2: Change Topic Colors With the Color Bar

You can set colors for any topic in this convenient way.

The color bar is not displayed at the bottom by default. You can go to Options > General and check the Always display the color bar under the software checkbox. Doing this will automatically display a color bar underneath your mind map for easier customization.
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Here is the operation of adding a topic color after displaying the color bar at the bottom of the interface.

Step: Click the topic for which you want to add color. Then, pick a color you like, which will automatically apply to the selected topic.

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02 How To Remove Theme Colors

If you want to remove the Theme Color from your topics, go to Style in the right side panel and uncheck the Fill color.

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03 More Colors

It's possible to personalize your mind map. If you want to use a color other than the theme color or the standard color available, here are the steps.

Step1:Launch EdrawMind. Click Create or Import the file saved on your computer. At the top toolbar, go to Page Style > Background Color and click More Colors.
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Step2a:In the dialogue box, you can select a Screen Color from the list of Basic colors.
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EdrawMind Basic Color
Step2b:Use Custom colors. Choose a color you want to set as background from the palette on the right side, or input its code next to HTML:. Once done, click Ok, and the color will be applied to your background. After applying the color, the Custom colors will automatically save the color you set.
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EdrawMind Custom Color
You can also directly save the chosen color by clicking Add to Custom Colors.
Step2c:Click the Pick Screen Color button and choose the color you want on the right-side palette. Then click OK to apply the color.
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EdrawMind Color Method

04 Transparency

It's possible to set your theme Transparency to personalize your map. Here's how.

Step1a:Launch EdrawMind. Click Create or Import the file saved on your computer. Choose a topic on your mind map and go to the right side panel and click Style > Fill Color > More Options.
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Step1b:Select a topic after opening or creating a mind map in EdrawMind. Click Fill in the floating bar, and tap More Options… in the drop-down menu.
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Step2:On the following dialog box, move the Transparency slider. Alternatively, enter a number next to the slider to change the percentage of transparency from 0 (completely opaque, the default) to 100% (fully transparent).
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05 Gradient Fill

The gradient fill feature by EdrawMind makes your mind maps more colorful and attractive. Here are the steps to add a gradient fill on your mind map.

Step1:Launch EdrawMind. Select Create to create or Import to load the mind maps saved on your computer. Click on a themed shape on your map and go to the right side panel. From there, go to Style > Fill Color > More Options.
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Step2:From the dialog box, set Gradient Fill.
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Applying Gradient Fill gradually increases your theme's color and tone. From light to dark or from dark to light, there's a slow transition from one color to another. It can also transition from one color to another shade of color.
Step 3-AGradient Type

Select a gradient type from the Type drop-down list to specify the direction of the color gradient fill. Next, choose from the Linear, Radial, and Rectangle types that determine your preferred styles.

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EdrawMind Gradient Fill Type
Step 3-BGradient Direction

The available directions will depend on your selected gradient type. To choose a gradient direction for colors and shades, click Direction. Afterward, determine the appropriate direction effect.

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EdrawMind Gradient Direction
Step 3-CGradient Angle

The angle of your shape gradient fill is rotatable. However, this option is available only when the Linear type is selected. Enter a suitable degree value in the dialog box to specify the angle.

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EdrawMind Gradient Angle
Step 3-DGradient Stops

If you want to create a gradient that only appears at the corners of a shape, you need to use a slider on Gradient Stop to make the gradient non-linear. To add a slider, click the + green plus sign or directly click the bar below Gradient stops. Meanwhile, you can click X, the red cross sign, to delete a slider.

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EdrawMind Gradient Stops

Tip: The Gradient stops bar describes the position and color of transition points in a gradient. It has the elements like position, color, shade/Tint, and transparency values. The transparency value applies to the gradient stops, not the overall fill. The gradient stops can create the non-linear gradient effect. If you want to create a gradient stop from various colors (nine maximum), you'll need to select the stops one by one and choose their colors in the drop-down palette next to Color.

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EdrawMind Gradient Angle
Step 3-EPosition

Move the sliders on the Gradient stops bar to set the position where the color and transparency change in the gradient fill. Alternatively, you can enter a number representing the position in the Stop Position box below the slider. Using the up and down arrows, you can also increase or decrease the position.

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EdrawMind Gradient Location
Step 3-FColor

To set the color of the stop point of a particular gradient, select a slider and click Color. You can click More Colors for a wider range of options.

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EdrawMind Color
Step 3-GTransparency

You can set the Transparency by moving the slider, inputting numerical values, or using the up and down arrows.

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Edrawmind Transparency

06 Pattern Fill

Here are the steps to add a Pattern Fill on your maps.

Step 1:Launch EdrawMind. Click Create or Import the file saved on your computer. Click on a theme shape and go to Style > the down arrow next to Fill Color > More Options in the lowest place of the drop-down menu. Next, set the theme Fill Color to Pattern Fill.
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Step2:In the Fill dialog box, select Hatch. Choose the appropriate pattern from one of the choices available.
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Step3:Set the Foreground and Background colors of the selected pattern.
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