Changing Colors For a Data Series or Point2:44 with Michael Watson
In this video, learn how to change the fill and border colors for a data series, or individual data point.
In the chart and plot areas section of this stage, 0:00 we showed how to change fill and border colors, or make them transparent. 0:03 You can change different data series fill color as well, and their borders. 0:08 Let's play around a bit with this. 0:12 So I'm gonna select the series 6. 0:14 And I wanna right-click it, and I'm going to say Format Data Series. 0:20 You might have also noticed if I right-click, 0:24 I can very quickly change the fill here to, let's say, red. 0:27 Ctrl+Z to undo that. 0:33 You can also change the outline, let's make it black. 0:35 And you see now that there's a black border. 0:40 But you can also do it by right-clicking and going down to the Format Data Series, 0:44 which we have here on the right. 0:49 And you can do gradients, you can put picture or texture fill, 0:53 there's a lot of different options. 0:57 How about we go back to our golfing friends, the seven dwarves? 1:01 Let's make this data series black. 1:05 And I wanna make it clear who got the best score. 1:10 So I'm gonna make that green. 1:14 So here I've selected a whole data series, but if I click again on this one 1:16 data point, I can format just this piece of information. 1:21 So you can see by selecting one data point in a data series, you can highlight and 1:27 communicate more. 1:31 You can also make data series transparent. 1:33 I do this sometimes with white fills, where I make the fill white and 1:35 then the outline black. 1:39 So let's take a look at that. 1:41 I'm going to do No Fill here. 1:44 And then I'm gonna make the outline black. 1:51 But I didn't wanna do it for just that data point. 1:56 I wanted to do it for the whole data series. 1:58 So Fill > No Fill > Outline > Black. 2:00 Again, you can also make the border line different widths, and dash or 2:06 compound styles. 2:10 So I'm gonna select the whole data series, right-click, Format Data Series. 2:12 Go over here on the left to the bucket section. 2:20 The border, solid line. 2:23 And I can do this, so 2:26 it's a dash or two lines. 2:29 It's really up to you. 2:34 But remember, don't go too crazy, you wanna communicate the point 2:35 you're trying to make, not create something beautiful that confuses people. 2:39
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