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Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette

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Video: Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette

We're now continuing on page 33 and I am going to discuss the subject of color palettes with you. We're not going to go into great depth, but just some quick and convenient things that will really help you to work. Okay, well first of all, I am going to undock this palette from here and move it down to the bottom. Now remember, if you're in X5 you have to, from X5 on, what you've got to unlock the toolbar, so if you can see the little tick, click on here to unlock and you know you're unlocked because you see all these little dots at the end of all of the toolbars.

Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette

We're now continuing on page 33 and I am going to discuss the subject of color palettes with you. We're not going to go into great depth, but just some quick and convenient things that will really help you to work. Okay, well first of all, I am going to undock this palette from here and move it down to the bottom. Now remember, if you're in X5 you have to, from X5 on, what you've got to unlock the toolbar, so if you can see the little tick, click on here to unlock and you know you're unlocked because you see all these little dots at the end of all of the toolbars.

Click on the little dot and pull it down, then grab the title bar and we'll just drag that down to the bottom and now I've docked to the bottom. Well the first thing I'm going to do is increase the display of the number of rows, because to see the rest of the colors I have to click on the little flyout there to just show all of the colors, but I want to see them all at one time. So now I'll click on the little button here, go to Customize and Maximum number of rows is 1, let's increase that to 2 and click OK, so now I can see all of the colors within my default CMYK Color Palette.

Now remember, you can have multiple palettes open at the same time. For example if I come to Window>Color Palettes, I could open an RGB or a PANTONE or whatever I want, there is lots to choose from, click Open Palette and navigate and find some of the others. For right now though, what I'd like to do is open the Document Palette. Now this is brand-new to CorelDRAW X5, so you don't have this in earlier versions. When you first open X5, you'll probably see this palette and it will probably be blank.

Most likely you've closed it and you no longer have it open, well this is how you get it back. What the Document Palette is designed to do is allow you to one; either put all of the colors within your actual design into this palette, so that when you save your document you've got a full reference of colors and you maintain the integrity of your document; or alternatively I am going to use it myself a little differently. But remember this, there are a couple of options as to how you populate this palette with colors.

If I have Automatically Update selected, well every time for example if I click and drag and I then say click on this color here and then I click on this color and then this color and then this color and I'll right-click over here. As you can see the palette automatically is filled with colors every time I utilize a color, okay. That's not how I want to do it. I am going to delete that and click again, come down to Edit Color, simply hold your finger on Shift and select them all or Ctrl and select them one at a time, Delete Color and we're back to blank again.

There is another way, let me grab my Pick tool. Again, if I have, and don't forget Automatically Update is on at the moment, I don't want that on so I am going to turn it off. If I were to add from document, give that a second and CorelDRAW will look at all the colors existing in the present document as that exists now and it will list all of those colors for us and we can choose to add them to the Document Palette if we want, or just a range of them. Click OK and that would all be added.

I don't really want to do that right now, because I am going to use it in another way. This is the way I am going to use it, I am going to first of all dock it over here in the right hand side and then I'm going to take these two girls we've got here and I am going to show you how I would use it. I don't know which one of these two that you would say is correct color wise, but let's just assume that the one on the left here is the accurate design.

Well, if I take her and I simply hover over the Document Palette, wait for that palette to appear, then let go, then automatically the document palette will fill up with all of the colors inside of this piece of clip art. You can do the same thing with bitmaps. Anything that you have on your screen, drag it over the Document Palette and all of the colors within that will appear in that palette or you may be asked to choose how many colors, because there might be hundreds in it for example.

So what's the upside here? Well let's say that a client has given you a piece of clipart and you've brought that into CorelDRAW and they say I want you to work with only those colors. Well, simply drag that into Document Palette and you know that you're safe so long as you only work with these colors. Isn't that so cool? Now additionally, if I want to add a color to this palette that doesn't exist on my page, but I have say, some CMYK values, well again, select my image, Uniform Fill, so Shift+F11.

Now let's just say that I know that I want to have a 20 and 5 and 62 and 18, okay. Let's just say that this is the color that my client wants me to utilize, alright, it's this color right here. Well, I can easily add this to my Document Palette by -- if I've got multiple palettes open, use little drop-down, select your Document Palette and click Add to Palette.

And there it is right there, it just appeared. So again, it's another way to build up your customer's colors within the palette. If he sent you a piece of clipart and you just want one color and you've brought it into CorelDRAW, use the Eyedropper tool and let's assume it's one of these blues down here and I could click right there, my palette goes to that blue and I click Add to Palette and it appears right there. Now, if you're an X3 or X4, when you click Add to Palette, you'll find it will actually be added to your default palette, whatever you've got open at the moment, it might be a CMYK or your RGB palette, but it will be added there, okay.

The Document Palette is brand-new to X5. Okay, let me click OK to that and of course she became recolored, let's undo that. Always remember that you have to break a part or ungroup, I should say, particularly a piece of clipart like this if you want to color specific sections. The last thing I want to show you that's really, really handy is -- now in X3 and X4, you could select any color on your palette, click and drag and you can move it to another location. However, here in X5, we can't do that without Default Palettes, because they are locked.

We can do it however with the Document Palette. Now here is what I mean. I can rearrange this in whatever order I want, for example black up there, then go with the darker gray, maybe the lighter gray, then with the white, see it puts a line underneath where it's going to go. Then I might want to go with say red and then into oranges, see if there is anymore. And then I might go into yellows, so the lighter yellow. And I tell you what, I'll go ahead and I'll finish putting this or setting this palette up how I think it should look.

Okay and that's kind of how I would arrange that palette and I just wanted to show you, you can put your colors in blocks however you want to do them, etcetera. So what's another advantage in this, well now that I have created a color palette that has all of the colors of my primary girl in it, well it makes it a lot easier to color this one, doesn't it? For example, let's say I want to put that green into this image. Well, I know that it's most likely going to be that one and that looks about right.

And again with the red, on her lipstick there and of course you could follow this process through which is what I am going to get you to do next. I want you to follow what it is that I have shown you here. And basically, what I want you to do is the following: Open your Document Palette, up to Window> Color Palettes>Document Palette, open it up. If it has any colors in it, I want you to delete the colors. I then want you to redock your standard palette down the bottom here, display two rows.

Then I want you to take her and copy her over the top of the palette, get all of the colors. And then drag those colors and drop them on to this image and recolor her the same as her. If you want, also go ahead with the Uniform Fill dialog box and add another color into the Document Palette, just so that you've familiarized yourself with it. And hey, why not rearrange all the colors as I have done as well? It's a tremendous experience to do it. Well that's it for this lesson, there is quite a bit there to do and learn and you'll find this valuable in the future.

The next lesson, you're just going to hate me because I am going to show you quicker way to do all of this. Okay, see you in the next one.

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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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