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Using the color selector

Using the color selector provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by David Lee as part … Show More

SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training

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Video: Using the color selector

Using the color selector provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by David Lee as part of the SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
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Using the color selector
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Using the color selector provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by David Lee as part of the SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training

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In SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training, David Lee shows how to use SketchBook Pro's powerful tools and unique marking menu interface to make digital drawing and painting a natural experience. This course covers setting application preferences, selecting brushes, picking colors, choosing the right drawing tools for each project, and working with pen tablet and pen display devices. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the user interface lagoon
  • Customizing brush settings
  • Creating a texture brush
  • Refining a sketch with blur, smear and sharpen tools
  • Creating illustrations with layers
  • Using the Symmetry tool to mirror drawings across the X or Y axis
  • Using the ruler tool to draw and position precise straight lines
  • Using the Ellipse tool to draw and position precise circles, ellipses, and curves.
  • Saving projects
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Using the color selector

In this lesson I'll show you how to use Sketchbook Pro's Color palette, Color Editor, Color Picking and Swatch tools. These tools allow you to select tint or shade any color. The Color Picking tool allows you to sample color on any layer of your drawing and replicate it elsewhere. I'll also show you how easy it is to drag and save your colors and create a customized swatch library. To begin, let's go to our main menu and select a file to open and let's open the Rosepot. Go ahead and click on that. And here we have a pot of roses. Now before we get started what I'd like do just create a central line, because what I'd like do is draw in symmetry or paint in symmetry and let me show you the reasons why.

Let's go ahead and direct our cursor to the top of the main menu to Image and we're going to select Symmetry Y and you can see a center line has come right through the middle of our flowerpot. There are two more things we want to do. We want to go ahead and open up our Brush tools and can you see what is already popped up is our Resize Brush tool and I'll talk a little bit more about that. It is going to be a really useful partner here. We are going to go ahead and also select the Color Selector. This allows us to not only select color but also customize our colors and using this Color Wheel, as you can see as you move your cursor and grab that and pull it around the circle, you can take your color and add warmth by adding more yellow or adding a little blue to cool that color down.

Another way to select color is you can grab the handles here and move the selector all along to actually create very specific, very accurate RGB settings. You can also do the same with your gray settings. You have your Grayscale from White to Black, okay. As you can see as I was selecting color, there is a preview window. Now this preview window is going to be really helpful because it's going to allow you to select color, identify what the color is that you are in and if you like the color you can actually take that color and as you locate your cursor over it, drag it into your swatch library, all right.

So let's go ahead and start coloring. Before we start, I want to open one more tool. It is called Layer Editor and this is going to be really helpful because what we want to do is want to preserve that line drawing down below on the first layer. So let's go ahead and lock that down. Let's go to the second layer, okay, drag to the right where it says Rename Layer and what we're going to do is we're going to rename that. Okay, again we are going to click that off, we're going to clear the image and we're going to call that layer 2 and we're going to call this ROSE and STEMS. We're going to create one more layer while we are here. Again, repeat the same procedure.

We're going to call this POT. But for now, I think these two layers are going to be fine and as you can see we're going to go ahead and select the second layer, which is Roses, and you always know the active layer that you're in, because it's going to be highlighted with a red ring and this is locked down so we don't have to worry about disturbing our original line drawing. So let's go ahead and grab our Airbrush tool, let's double tap on, make sure it's the size that we can use. It looks pretty good. We'll click Save. Now I've gone ahead and created aswwatch library here. I'm going to cover my cursor over that red. We're going to go to the user interface lagoon and grab our Move and Zoom tool so we can kind of bring the flowers in to view and now we're going to start coloring in that second layer.

Now you can see how Symmetrical tool is really helpful here, because it allows me now to render not only one side of flowers but did an actual duplicate that's on the other side, all at the same time. Now I'm going to go ahead and select the green for the leaves. Again I'm using my Airbrush tool. See how quick that is, using the Symmetrical tool. It allows me to work and get twice the amount of drawing done as I'm rendering. Now I kind of miss these two leaves here that are facing each other. Now there's a couple of ways we can grab color.

We can go ahead and go back to the sampler, okay, and add color there. Let's hit our go back just do our Undo key, or we can use our Color Picker. We are going to grab that eyedropper, you see how you activate it by pressing down and it fills with color. We're going to go ahead and sample it right from one leaves. Expand our Airbrush and we've got an exact match. Now let's go ahead and zoom out and lock down our ROSE and STEM layer and let's activate the POT layer. Let's select our Airbrush. Let's open that up.

Now the reason why I need to open that up is because what I want to do, I want to color this all as quickly as possible. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and grab my color, which is blue, and there's a couple of ways you can do it. You can hold down your Shift key on your keyboard. It's a hot key and you can just basically throw color down, left or right and you can see how using the Symmetry tool, it allows you to do that. Another way to you do it is to go ahead and undo those. You can deactivate Symmetry tool by going up to Image. You see a little checkmark, go ahead and click it off, and you see how it is off. You can go ahead and since you are on a separate POT layer, go ahead and fill it freehand style.

That's a great way to work. I am already there. Let's go ahead and click the color directly below it, which is a little bit darker shade and we are going to go vertically to catch the shadow part of our pot, as it is coming around in light. See we are highlighting the shadow. This is going to be the shadow part. Then what we're going to do is move our color selector over to the lighter shade, so we now take care of the highlight. A really great way to work, to be able to have all of those colors selecting tools on at our fingertips and we can always go back to the darker shade if we need to get a little more contrast in our drawing.

Lets go back and use the Eraser tool and what we're going to do is now, since we're on that layer, let's go ahead and cleanup all of the blue overspray that we don't want. If you want to add a little more precision, go ahead and hold down your Shift key and that will only work in straight horizontals and verticals. So if you we have these angle lines, you're going to have to do these by free hand or using the Lasso tool. Last bit of detail is we're going to go ahead is to pick the Marker Pen tool. We're going to go ahead and select black as our color.

Let's go and double tap to make sure that that's the size of pen that we'd like to use. To finish it up, let's go ahead and select the Marker tool, select the color black, let's double tap on that to make sure that's what we want, yes. So then hold down the Shift key on the keyboard so we can do a nice straight line. Let's drag a straight line there, straight line there, and let's switch to our Pencil tool and drag a straight line there. Then what we're going to do now is we're going to go to our Color Wheel and select the color white and we're going to use our Pencil tool to pick out some highlights. Then we're going to finish it up with a marker with a Marking Pen.

We'll go back to the color black and what that's going to do is it's going to allows us to do a nice black outline and that will help punch up the entire pot. Hold down your Shift key and then we'll finish it up with an Eraser. Let's go ahead and zoom out and take a look at our rendered pot of flowers. So in closing, adding colors to a sketch really brings into life. Sketchbook Pro's Color Selector makes it easy to select, edit and save colors.

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Q: The grid files the author uses in the course aren't included in the exercise files. Where can I find them?
A: The grid files are background template files that are provided with an Autodesk subscription, which comes with purchase of any Autodesk product, including Sketchbook Pro. To sign up for a subscription, visit and click Create an Account. You'll be prompted to enter your software license number, so make sure to have that handy.





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