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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
Mission control for choosing our colors in Photoshop is the Color Picker which we get to by clicking on the Foreground Color swatch. And here we can change our Hue by using this vertical slider; we can change our Saturation by moving to the right or to the left. And we can change our Brightness by moving up and down, every time I do this, we see the color represented using the HSBC Hue, Saturation, Brightness, Color model, as well as RGB, LAB, CMYK and its hexadecimal value.
We can also if we wish, limit our colors to the 216 colors of the website palette, but there is no real reason to do that anymore this is after all the 21st century. So I'm not going to have that turn on. Other pieces of useful information that we get in the color picker is whether the color is going to be out of gamut, should we choose to print it using CMYK color model. And the color that I have got chosen here is out gamut, meaning that it's going to be clicked to its closest equivalent. Now there is going to be a slight color shift.
The cube means that it's not a website color. As well as choosing our colors here, if I were to click OK, then this color will become my foreground and that's the color that I can then paint with or can fill my selections all my layers with. As well as that we can also Add the color to our Swatches so that we can use it consistently and repeatedly. When I do that it asks me to Name the color which I am going to bypass just by clicking OK and that color is then added to my Swatches panel.
We can also specify colors using Color Libraries, if I click on the Color Libraries button, we can use any of these Color Libraries, I am going to use PANTONE solid coated. And I can scroll through using this vertical slider, but more efficiently than that I can specify my color by number just by typing in. And then you click OK to return to my photo and then use that as my foreground color or if I wish to see the CMYK or RGB breakdown off this particular color, I can click on the Picker and that color is represented as my current Foreground Color and we see all of the color numbers that will describe this PANTONE color in the different color models.
So a tremendous amount of information here in the Color Picker, but most importantly it's based on the three properties, Hue, as represented by the angle of the color, its position on the color wheel, Saturation represented as a percentage and Brightness also represented as a percentage. Hue, we change by using the vertical slider, Saturation, we change by moving left and right, and Brightness, we change by moving up and down.
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