Basic SharePoint branding with themes and CSS
Written By: Knox Cameron -- 5/31/2011 --
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Categories: Configurations, Design, Programming and Customizations, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010
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Site logo and title
Having used themes to apply a color scheme to your site, the next step is
to add your corporate logo and title to the banner.
In a publishing site, a good starting point might be to grab the Adventure
Works logo and title, to use as a template. That way, you know the size will
work well in SharePoint. Open the Style Library in the top level site and
navigate into the Images folder. There you will see a number of images used by
the nightandday master page, all named with nd_.
From the context menu for nd_logo, select Send To > Download a Copy and save
a copy on your local machine.
If you open this file with Paint, you will just see a blank image, because
the logo is white on a transparent background. You need to use a program that
understands transparency, such as the (free)
Paint.NET. With this, you will see the Adventure Works logo in all its white
On a non publishing site, where this logo is not available to copy, create a
new image about 300 X 40 pixels in size.
Replace this with your own logo and title in a similar style. First,
zoom in to 200% or 400% (using the drop down in the middle of the toolbar), then
use the rectangular select tool (the first one in the tool palette on the left)
to select the whole picture, then press the delete key to erase Adventure Works.
Next, select the text tool, and experiment with typing the site title until
you find a font you like in a size that neatly fits the space. Also copy in your
corporate logo. Here, I used an atom symbol from the Segoe font as a logo at the
start (pasted in from the Character Map system tool in Windows).
If you want to make the logo white like Adventure Works was, select the
recolor tool, make white the primary color and black the secondary color in the
color palette, increase the brush width to 50, and drag across the image to
change the black into white.
However, SharePoint tends to show the logo on light backgrounds, so a white
logo appears rather washed out. I therefore made the text black and the logo
Save your new logo to your computer using the name new_logo.png, then upload
it to the images folder in the Style Library.
Now we need to tell SharePoint to use this as the site logo. To do this, go
into Site Actions > Site Settings, then select "Title, description, and icon" in
the Look and Feel section.
For the URL, enter the path to the new logo file in the style library. You can
use the link provided to test that the path is correct. If you left the logo as
white on a transparent background, the preview test page will appear blank, but as
long as you don't see an error message presumably the path is correct. Press OK,
and voilą! Our custom logo has replaced the standard little orange icon in the
On the site home page, our custom logo has also replaced Adventure Works.
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