Is it possible to default theme colour to a callout/shape outline instead fill?

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It's great to have themes however our company shapes have a white background with the company colours used for both the shape outline and text colour.
Is it possible to set up a theme to accommodate for this?
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Joe Morgan

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Not that I'm aware of.
I'm a bit perplexed why you can't you assign a color to text. It's a shortcoming in my opinion.

What you could do is create Library assets. Be it a Library dedicated to this subject.Or a folder in a broader based Company library.
You could add a shape and color it. Then a text callout, add the correct font and color. Group them and add to library.Name to taste.
Then, you just drag in an "Oval" lets say. If you need to change the text. Open the group, change it.Done.
No need to open the themes menu at all.

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Thanks for the tip.
I created an extended library of assets in my company's colours when custom colours were left out of Camtasia 9 so I can still use the library if necessary.
However, I was very much looking towards Themes in Camtasia 2018 and was a bit underwhelmed by the feature when I installed the new version.
My company has 10 colours (split between primary and secondary palettes) so I was rather frustrated when I saw that a theme can contain a limited amount of colours. I am aware that I could create a 'primary' and 'secondary' theme however all I want is for one drop-down menu to contain all my company colours. It appears that this isn't possible yet.
Hopefully, the functionality will be improved in the next updates.
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Hi Alex,

It seems that the most colours you can add to a Theme is 5, so creating 2 Themes like you say is an option.

When you 'select theme' at the top of the Properties panel it will use the Foreground colour for Text and the colour you've set as the Annotation Background for the Fill colour. You can select the Outline colour and change the Text colour by selecting the different icons at the top of the Properties panel then select the drop down and choose the Theme.