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Q1: The Color Picker has too many buttons and numbers in it! Which ones should I use if I want to change colors?
A1: If picking colors by numbers is difficult for you, as it is for me, use my solution. Forget the numbers and click directly on the color you like. Either click the color bar at the bottom of the Color palette, or click a swatch to open the Color Picker.
Q2:Is it better to use the Photoshop Color Picker instead of the Apple or Windows version?
A2: I think so. Even though the Macintosh Color Picker gives you lots of different ways to choose colors, I think the Photoshop version is easier to understand and to use. The same is true of the Windows Color Picker.
Q3:What happens when I have the Eyedropper set to sample a 5×5–pixel area, and there is more than one color there?
A3: Photoshop takes an average of all 25 pixels in the square and makes that the selected color.
Q4:Under the Swatches listings, I've heard of PANTONE, but what are all the others?
A4: Like PANTONE, most of them are sets of spot color inks. Printing systems can use many brands of inks. If you are sending work to a print shop, be sure to ask what spot color system it uses.


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