He Swatches Palette

What You'll Do

In this lesson, you'll use the Color Picker and the Swatches palette to select new colors, then you'll add a new color to the background and to the Swatches palette.

Making Selections from the Color Picker

Depending on the color model you are using, you can select colors using the Color Picker, a feature that lets you choose a color from a color spectrum or lets you numerically define a custom color. You can change colors in the Color Picker dialog box by using the following methods:

■ Drag the sliders along the vertical color bar.

■ Click inside the vertical color bar.

■ Click a color in the Color field.

Figure 8 shows a color in the Color Picker dialog box. A circular marker indicates the active color. The color slider displays the range of color levels available for the active color component. The adjustments you make by dragging or clicking a new color are reflected in the text boxes; when you choose a new color, the previous color appears below the new color in the pre-

view area.

Using the Swatches Palette

You can also change colors using the Swatches palette. The Swatches palette is a visual display of colors you can choose from, as shown in Figure 9. You can add your own colors to the palette by sampling a color from an image, and you can also delete colors. When you add a swatch to the Swatches palette, Photoshop assigns a default name that has a sequential number, or you can name the swatch whatever you like. Photoshop places new swatches in the first available space at the end of the palette. You can view swatch names by clicking the Swatches palette list arrow, then clicking Small List. You can restore the default Swatches palette by clicking the Swatches palette list arrow, clicking Reset Swatches, then clicking OK.

FIGURE 8

Selecting a new color (pastel cyan) in the Color Picker dialog box

FIGURE 9

Selecting the pastel cyan color on the Swatches palette

Color field

FIGURE 8

Selecting a new color (pastel cyan) in the Color Picker dialog box

New color

Previous color

Slider

Vertical color bar

New color

Previous color

FIGURE 9

Selecting the pastel cyan color on the Swatches palette

Color swatch on the Swatches palette

Swatches palette list arrow

Color swatch on the Swatches palette

Swatches palette list arrow

Slider

Vertical color bar

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