# Environment for greyed-out (or otherwise color) text

Sorry for being as clueless as the last times I asked but also having done no research because I have to finish this overhead presentation for tomorrow...

Is there a good way to create an environment which makes all text inside it colored in a certain color?

I have tried:

\newenvironment{rrpptt}{\textcolor{gray}}{\textcolor{black}}


But this doesn't yield what I want... It gives a compile error and just puts the word "rrpptt" inside the text. What am I doing wrong?

Of course I do have the color package loaded. I also have the beamer documentclass - is that a problem?

Oh, and I don't care about \textcolor being lowlevel and stuff - I don't have footnotes and sudden page changes, so I would be content with the way \textcolor normally works, if it would do so.

The \textcolor macro takes a second argument, which is the text to be coloured. The \color macro changes the colour until the end of the current group or environment. So I think you need something like this.

\documentclass{minimal}
\usepackage{color}
\newenvironment{redtext}{\color{red}}{\ignorespacesafterend}
\begin{document}
Here is some black text.
\begin{redtext}
And here is some red text.
\end{redtext}
Here is more black text.
\end{document}

• @darij (and @Ian) You could even omit the \color{black} at end of the definition because the environment itself is a group … It is also recommended to use xcolor instead of color. Maybe you would like to add \ignorespacesafterend at end of the definition to prevent unwished spaces. – Tobi May 18 '11 at 9:24
• @Tobi --- you are right, putting \black there was pointless. I didn't know about \ignorespacesafterend, so thanks for a useful tip. – Ian Thompson May 18 '11 at 15:37
• How do we get this working for grey text (or somehow faded). I tried colors "gray", but it says that is undefined (though I can see "gray" in the documentation). – Jeff Jan 18 '17 at 22:33
• @Jeff --- Use xcolor rather than color. This has predefined colours gray, lightgray and darkgray. Otherwise, you can define your own by doing something like \definecolor{mygray}{gray}{0.75}. – Ian Thompson Jan 18 '17 at 22:52