Choosing colors by using the Color Picker

When you edit images in Corel Paint Shop Pro, you often need to choose a color before painting, drawing, or filling, making manual color corrections, or choosing a background for a new raster image. The Color Picker is the most versatile tool for choosing colors.

The appearance of the Color Picker depends on the color depth of the active image (16 bits/channel, 8 bits/channel, 256 colors, 16 colors, or 2 colors).

Hue wheel

Saturation and Lightness box

Basic Colors panel.

RGB values ,

Link colors check box

Hue wheel

Saturation and Lightness box

Basic Colors panel.

RGB values ,

Link colors check box

Paint Shop Color Saturation

-HSL values

-HTML color code

The Color Picker

-HSL values

-HTML color code

The Color Picker

The Color Picker displays when you click the Foreground/Stroke property box, the Background/Fill property box, or one of the two smaller Color boxes. It also appears when you click a Color box found in other dialog boxes.

The Color Picker offers many ways to select colors:

• The Color (hue) wheel and Saturation/Lightness box lets you select and preview a color.

• The Basic Colors panel displays commonly used colors.

• RGB or HSL values let you choose a color based on its red, green, and blue values or its hue, saturation, and lightness values.

• HTML color code lets you enter HTML color values.

To choose a color by using the Color Picker

1 On the Materials palette, do one of the following:

• To choose a foreground color, click the Foreground and Stroke Properties box or the Foreground Color box.

• To choose a background color, click the Background and Fill Properties box or the Background Color box.

The Material Properties dialog box or the Color dialog box appears.

2 Click the Color tab.

3 Click or drag the hue wheel to select the approximate color.

4 Click or drag inside the Saturation/Lightness square to set saturation and lightness for the color you have selected.

Move from left to right to adjust the saturation; move from top to bottom to adjust the lightness.

You can also

Choose a basic color by clicking a color swatch

Click a color swatch in the Basic Colors panel that appears under the color wheel.

Choose a color by specifying its Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) values

Type values in the R, G, and B boxes.

Choose a color by specifying its Hue, Saturation, and Lightness (HSL) values

Type values in the H, S, and L boxes.

Specify a color using its HTML code Type an HTML color code in the HTML

box.

You can also choose a color directly on the Frames tab or the Rainbow tab of the Materials palette. The Frames tab contains a more compact, rectangular version of the color wheel and its controls. The Rainbow tab presents every available color. Click to choose the foreground color, or right-click to choose the background color.

You can access recently used colors by right-clicking the Color box on the Materials palette. In the Recent Colors dialog box, click Other to display the Material Properties dialog box.

To apply the current colors to all tools, mark the All tools check box on the Materials palette. If you unmark this check box, the current materials are applied to the active tool only.

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