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Color Selection
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Color Selection
Created by: Kawliga

This tutorial describes choosing foreground and background colors, and creating custom colors.
The Color Palette generally lives at the right hand side of the Paint Shop Pro program window.

The topmost part shows the active foreground (stroke) and background (fill) solid colors. These colors are the same as shown in the foreground and background style boxes if the styles are both set to Solid Color. When you choose a foreground-background gradient fill for one of the styles, the colors shown in these boxes are used for the gradient.

The part below shows all the available colors. You can choose colors by moving your mouse over this area and click.

Below the Available Colors panel you see the foreground (stroke) and background (fill) style and texture boxes that show the current style and texture settings. More on choosing styles and textures below.

With the "Lock" option you determine if each brush or tool has its own color, style and texture settings (unchecked) or if the settings just chosen are valid for all brushes and tools (checked).

The bottom part gives you the information about the color that is registered when you move your mouse over the color picker, or move the eyedropper tool over an open image.


You can choose foreground (stroke) and background (fill) styles with the Style boxes. The foreground style is indicated by the upper box, the background style by the lower box.

You choose a style by clicking on the little arrow in a style box and choose one of the icons for (from left to right): Solid Color, Gradient, Pattern or None. When you then click right into the style box itself, a different dialog box is opened for each of the styles where you can specify which color, gradient or pattern you want to use.

      The Texture boxes work the same: The upper box shows your chosen foreground texture, the lower box your current background texture. To switch between Paper Texture and No Texture, click on the arrow in a texture box and choose one of the icons. When you've chosen the left icon for Paper Texture, click right into the texture box itself and select one of the paper textures from the dialog box.
You can swap the fore- and background colors, styles and textures easily and quickly by clicking the double arrow on the foreground and background color, style and texture boxes.
  To choose a new color, you can either click into the respective color or style box (if the style is set to Solid Color) for your foreground and background color. You will get a window that looks like this:

You choose a new color by clicking on a color in the basic colors box or by clicking on the circle of colors you see in the image above.

To create a custom color, you would type in the red, green and blue (RGB) values given in the tutorial in each of their boxes.

Click OK when done.

What's great about the color dialogue is that you can also add in your HTML color codes. Use your eyedropper to pick a color from your image and then click on the color in the color picker. When the Color dialogue box opens, note the HTML value of that color.
The handy thing about this feature is that this way, your HTML colors will always match the colors in your image.