SharePoint 2013 Branding – Composed Looks Overview

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In this article I will show you how to use the Composed Looks and Theme Galleries in SharePoint 2013. Composed Looks is the simplest, yet slickest feature you can use to start your branding efforts in 2013. “Looks” are the evolution of SharePoint 2010 Themes, however one the changes in this version is that Themes(aka Looks) no longer work with Microsoft Office Themes. This is means, you no longer need to create a Theme in PowerPoint and upload it to SharePoint. Microsoft now provided a nice User Interface to create and configure “Looks” called Composed Looks. SharePoint 2013 ships OOTB with a few predefined Composed Looks:

Composed Looks Gallery - SharePoint 2013

To access the “Looks” gallery, you may go to Site Settings -> Look and Feel -> Change the Look or use the link shown in the image below:

Change the Look Menu Link

Once you select one of the predefined looks, you have 4 configuration settings available:

  • Image: Here you can add a image to serve as background for your site. To add a background image you may pick one from SharePoint, upload one from your computer, and if your browser supports it, you may just drag and drop files on top of the image section
  • Colors: There are quite a few predefined color palettes to choose from but if you cannot find one that matches your company brand design, you can define your own and upload it to the Theme Gallery. More info here: Creating Color Palettes for SharePoint 2013 themes
  • Site Layout: Don’t be confuse by the name. This is where you would actually select a Master Page. Only v15 master pages are allowed.
  • Fonts: Displays a selection of available predefined font schemas from the Theme Gallery. Again, if your company has specific guidelines about what fonts are allowed, you can define your own schema, even build your own set of custom fonts. More info here: Creating a Font Schema for SharePoint 2013 themes

Change the Look -  SharePoint 2013

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