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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Colors in Your Family Tree Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Colors in Your Family Tree Chart

Personalization is a key component of Family Tree Prints. You should be able to create a family tree chart that fits your personality and style and matches your home decor... which means you should be able to create a chart that doesn't look like a muted rainbow if you want. With Family Tree Prints it's easy. Here's how.

CHANGE COLOR PALETTE

By far the easiest and most fun way to change colors is to switch color palettes. Presumably you've already chosen a template you like from FamilyTreePrints.com to get you started, but that doesn't mean you're locked in.

To start with click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, followed by the "Palette" icon in the advanced settings. 

change pedigree chart color

 

This will show you a preview of your current shape in a variety of color palettes--scroll up and down to see all palette options. The palettes are divided into categories (Solid Color, Double Dark Chroma, Creamy Rings, etc.) and the preview shows only one color scheme in each category at a time.

different color choices for your family tree print

To preview a different color scheme with the category, simply click one of the colored squares directly beneath the category name. If a single square has 2 or more colors in it, clicking the square multiple times will show you different arrangements of those colors (for example purple stripe then yellow stripe vs. yellow stripe then purple stripe).

Click the preview image to change the color scheme of your chart.

Here's a little video showing changing palette color options. This video was created using the older version of the family tree maker app, but all the functionality is the same--the only difference is that you have to click the "Advanced" tab first to access the Palette tab.

 

 

CHANGE LINE COLOR

Another way to customize your chart color is to change the line color. To do this, click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker app, then the "Color" tab. Click the color swatch directly under "Line Color"

change line color step 1

This will pull up a color picker, from which you can choose from any of the color swatches that are part of the current color palette or any other color using the color chooser.

change line color step 2

Alternatively, you can change the line color from the "Chart" tab within the advanced settings, also by clicking the color swatch underneath the "Line Color" heading.

change line color step 3

change line color step 4

Voila!  

change line color step 5

CHANGE INDIVIDUAL CELL COLOR:

If that's not enough customization for you, you can also change each individual cell color.

Click the "Advanced" tab, followed by the "Color" tab within the advanced settings. From here, click on the cell in the actual chart whose color you would like to modify, then click the color swatch under the "Background Color" heading.

change individual cell color step 1

This will pull up a color picker from which you can choose from any of the color swatches that are part of the current palette, or any other color you'd like using the color picker.

change individual cell color step 2

You can change the individual cell text color in a similar way by clicking the color swatch under the heading "Text Color".

change individual cell color step 3

 

Changes save automatically.

Ready to get started? Visit FamilyTreePrints.com to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!