The Color Picker

The next tool you will be using a lot is the color picker. You can access the color picker by double clicking on the foreground swatch on your toolbox.

This will call up the color picker.

Using the color picker is fairly easy. You can select any of the colors visible by simply clicking inside the window. This will select your foreground color and the new hue will appear in the upper color chip of your toolbox.

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To get another hue, drag the rainbow slider in the middle down. Alternately, you may enter numeric or HEX values in the lower right.

Keep in mind that clicking on the buttons in HSB, RGB and LAB will arrange the colors in new ways, presenting you with different options. This is a great way to explore color, but it's also a fantastic way to find the exactly the color you need.

Here's an example of a different arrangement:

Lastly, you should become familiar with the brush tool, especially the airbrush options. To make it easy, I've included some default brushes, including an excellent coloring airbrush tool on the CD. To load them, go to the brushes palette and use the "load brushes" command from the pulldown menu. The custom default brushes are located in the goodies folder, inside the brushes directory.

Used together, these simple yet powerful tools will be almost all you need to color amazing images! ■

This will call up the color picker.

Using the color picker

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