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Lesson 1. Getting to Know the Work Area > Using palettes and palette menus

Using palettes and palette menus

The text color in your image is the same as the Foreground Color swatch in the toolbox, which is black by default. The text in the End file example was colored a dark blue that coordinates nicely with the rest of the image. You’ll color the text by selecting it and then selecting another color.

In the toolbox, select the Type tool ().

Drag the Type tool from one end of the text to the other to select all the words.

In the Color palette group, select the Swatches palette tab to bring it forward.

Select any swatch, so that the color appears in three places: in the Foreground Color in the toolbox, in the text color swatch on the tool options bar, and in the text you typed in the image window. (Select any other tool in the toolbox to deselect the text so that you can see the color applied to it.)


When you move the pointer over the swatches, it temporarily changes into an eyedropper. Set the tip of the eyedropper on the swatch you want, and click to select it.

That’s how easy it is to select a different color, although there are many other methods in Photoshop. However, you’ll use a specific color for this project, and it’s easier to find it if you change the Swatches palette display.

Make sure that the Type tool is not still selected. Click the arrow () on the Swatches palette to open the palette menu, and choose the Small List command.

Select the Type tool and reselect the text, as you did in Steps 1 and 2.

In the Swatches palette, scroll down to near the bottom of the list of swatch colors to find the Darker Cyan swatch, and then select it.

Now the text appears in the Darker Cyan color.

Select the Hand tool () to deselect the text. Then, click the Default Foreground And Background Colors icon () on the toolbox to make Black the active foreground color.

Resetting the default colors does not change the color of the text, because the text is no longer selected.

You can now close the file because you’ve finished the task. You can either save the file, close it without saving it, or save it under a different name or location, as you did for your Project1 file.

It’s as simple as that—you’ve completed another project. Nice job!



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