When you were setting up your business, your designer probably gave you a gorgeous but completely useless brand style guide. You promptly saved it in your operations manual and forgot about it. Am I right?
Don’t get me wrong I LURV my brand style guide. Mostly because I like pretty things but also because it makes me feel officially official.
I also LURV efficiency and things I can use in my day to day business.
Enter Stage Right: The Brand Reference Document
As I worked on building my business, I realized I needed my HEX codes more often than I care to count. In very rare cases I need my RGB codes too. I could open my brand style guide and type in my HEX or RGB codes, but that feels time-consuming.
Yes, 3 minutes feels time-consuming. I might be a tad impatient. So I came up with a more efficient way. Using a Google Sheet and my codes I created a document I can easily copy and paste from any time I need my HEX or RGB codes.
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Step 1: Open a blank Google or Excel Sheet.
Step 2: Move your cursor to row 1 column A box 1 and choose the highlight cell option. (Paint Can with Drip in Google Sheets)
Step 3: Click Custom
Step 4: Enter the HEX Code of your color. Repeat in box 2, 3, 4, in column A until you have all your colors set up. I like to leave a blank row between each color.
Step 5: In column B write the name of the color you used next to the cell you highlighted in your custom color.
Step 6: In column C write the label HEX next to each color name.
Step 7: In column D type the HEX color code that corresponds to the highlight and name you used in columns A and B.
Step 8: In column E write the label RGB next to each HEX color code.
Step 9: In column F type the RGB color code that corresponds to the highlight, name, and HEX codes used in columns A, B, and E.
Step 10: Use your newly created sheet to copy and paste your HEX or RGB codes anytime you need to use them.
Need A Little More Guidance?
You’re in luck I’ve created a template brand reference document in Google Sheets to get you started. You can download it below!