Choosing colors

You are able to display multiple on-screen Color Palettes. The quickest way to choose a color is by using the on-screen Color Palettes. However, none of the on-screen Color Palettes contain quite the right color, you can use one of the following methods of choosing colors. Each method offers different ways of finding the perfect color. The method you choose should be based on how you prefer to work.

Choosing a color by a color model

The color models offer a visual representation of the full spectrum of colors. You can change the color by manipulating the controls associated with the color model. For example, when you use the default color viewer, which is the HSB color model, you can change the hue (the color) by moving a slider.

Choosing a color by blending

The color blender allows you to combine colors. The color blender displays a grid of colors that it creates from the four base colors you select.

Choosing a color using color harmonies

Color harmonies are most useful when you're selecting several colors for a project. By using color harmonies, you are guaranteed that the colors you choose look good together. Color harmonies work by superimposing a shape, such as a rectangle or a triangle, over a Color Wheel. You can also manipulate the superimposed shape (the rectangle, triangle, or pentagon.) As you move the black spot on the shape around the wheel, the other circles also move. The colors at each corner are always complementary, contrasting, or harmonious, depending on the shape you select. The color harmonies now allow you to select the color model you prefer to use. You can choose from several different color models, including the RGB or CMYK models.

Choosing a color from a color palette

You have the ability to display multiple on-screen Color Palettes, and keep them floating, or dock them to any edge of the Application Window.

There are two types of color palettes from which you can choose colors: fixed color palettes and custom color palettes. Don't confuse these types of color palettes with the ability to have multiple on-screen Color Palettes. On-screen Color Palettes are used to display and select colors from both fixed and custom color palettes. To open multiple on-screen Color Palettes, use the Color Palette Browser and enable the on-screen Color Palettes name check box. You can explore the new PANTONE metallic color palettes. We feature the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM and PANTONE Pastel Colors, which can be printed on coated or uncoated paper.

Fixed color palettes are provided by third-party manufacturers and are most useful when accompanied by a color swatch book. A swatch book is a collection of color samples that shows exactly what each color looks like when printed. The best reason for using a color from a fixed color palette is seeing exactly how that color appears when it's printed correctly. Swatch books are available at most art supply stores or directly from a swatch book manufacturer.

An example of a swatch book

An example of a swatch book

Several fixed color palettes are collections of spot color inks. If you select a color from one of these palettes, be aware that each color requires its own color separation. Spot color palettes have a tint control slider, which allows you to choose the percentage of ink density you desire for that color. For more information about spot colors and color separations, see "Creating color separations" on page 729.

Custom color palettes are collections of colors you have chosen to save as a color palette file (.CPL extension).You have the ability to copy a color swatch by dragging a color swatch from any palette into your custom palettes. There is no limit to the number of custom palettes you can create. For more information, see "Customizing Color Palettes" on page 320. Any on-screen Color Palette can be selected to be the default on-screen Color Palette. The default Color Palette is used in all of the color pickers.

Choosing a color from the Color Docker window

The Color Docker window can be docked to any edge of the Application Window or float as a separate window. You can also change the appearance and size of the Color Docker window. With the Color Docker window open, you can access other tools and windows.

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