How to extract a report theme from an image in Google Data Studio?

extract theme from image

In this post, I want to show you how to extract a theme from an image in Google Data Studio. We often find ourselves in situations, where the dashboard look-and-feel needs to align with the client’s brand and style. However, imagine that you have already built a dashboard and you have to now go and change the colour and font of every single table, chart and label. It takes a lot of time if you do it manually, so here is a nifty time-saver tip.

Time Needed : 2 minutes

Extract a theme from an existing, uploaded or web-based image

  1. Go to Google Data Studio and “Create” a new report.

    You can use an existing report as data studio homepage interface

  2. Click on the “Edit” button of your report.

    Make sure you do not select any chart or table by clicking in the grey area outside the report.edit a data studio report

  3. Choose one of the “Extract theme from image” options. All of them will lead to the same outcome:

    3.1 Right-click an existing image in your report.
    3.2 Pick “Upload from computer” and select a locally stored image.
    3.3 Paste the URL of an image available on the web.extract theme from image feature

  4. In a pop-up window, Data Studio is going to suggest “Themes created for you”, using different colour schemas.

    In this case, Data Studio has identified the predominant colours in my image.themes created for you pop-up window in data studio

  5. Once you pick a theme, the configuration is going to be available under “Theme and Layout”.

    You can also edit the newly generated theme further by selecting “Customize”.customize theme extracted from image

  • This feature is directly available in Google Data Studio.
  • Remember, all you need as a source for the theme is a random image.

I hope this was a helpful design trick in! If you have any questions, feel free to DM me on LinkedIn or subscribe to my newsletter.

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  • Extract a report theme and colour scheme from an image in Data Studio.
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