Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Color basics, part of Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics.
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- [Narrator] There are several different ways to select colors in Photoshop. Let's take a look at a few of them and then you can pick your favorite. Now in order to hide the start screen, I'll use the workspace picker and then choose essentials. Then on the toolbar I'll click on the foreground color swatch in order to access the color picker. If I click and drag in the large area to the left, I can change the saturation and the brightness, or I can use the elevator in order to change the hue. I can click in any of these other areas in order to change the appearance of the color picker and select different colors.
If I need to work with web colors I'll return back to the hue option and then enable only web colors. Now when I select a color I know that it's going to be web safe and I could copy the hex value for that color if needed. I can add this color to my swatches by clicking add to swatches. I'll call this burnt orange and then click OK. When I click OK we can see that my foreground color swatch has now been changed to that color.
If I ever want to reset this to the default, I can either tap the "d" key or I can click on the small icon right above it. If I ever want to swap my foreground and background color, I can tap the "x" key or I can click this double headed arrow. Alright, let's take a look at the color panel as well as the swatches panel. I'll select the swatches panel first and then click and drag it out in order to float it in its own window so that we can see it a little bit larger. I'll go ahead and make it a little bit bigger and we can see at the top these are our recently used colors, down below we have a number of different swatches that are loaded by default and at the very bottom we can see that's the burnt orange color that I just added.
Right now we're viewing these by small thumbnail, but if we prefer we can change this to a list view. Alright I'll go ahead and change that back to small thumbnail and I want to point out that you can also load a number of different color libraries if you need access to them. When I position my cursor down in this empty area, I get the icon of the paint can. This also enables me to add the foreground color as a color swatch. So if I click right now, you can see that it adds the foreground color which was black.
I'll go ahead and click cancel for now. We also can choose colors quickly using the color panel. I actually prefer to see the color panel in the HSB sliders. This allows me to quickly change the hue, as well as the saturation and the brightness of colors. Again, once I find a color that I like I can quickly add it to my swatches by just clicking in that empty area and then choosing OK. So there we go, three very easy ways to select different colors in Photoshop.
Julieanne Kost reviews the basics of digital imaging, from bit depth to image size, and shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She shows the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Opening files in Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom
- Arranging your workspace
- Modifying keyboard shortcuts
- Changing color mode, bit depth, and document size
- Cropping and straightening images
- Working with layers and layer masks
- Using brushes
- Making detailed selections
- Editing images with the Content-Aware tools
- Using blend modes
- Creating Smart Objects
- Using adjustment layers to change color, tone, contrast, and saturation
- Applying filters