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Part: I Getting Started > Digital Painting - Pg. 121

Hour 8. Digital Painting What You'll Learn in This Hour: · Foreground and Background Colors · Selecting Colors · Blending Modes Now that you know a little bit about brushes and painting tools, you need to know how to choose some colors with which to paint. Some of the nicer characteristics of digital paint are that it doesn't get under your fingernails, it doesn't smell like turpentine, and you don't have to clean your brushes after you're done painting. In this hour, you're going to learn about choosing and applying color. There are several ways of choosing colors, and the chapter also discusses blending modes, which affect the way colors (and layers) interact. Foreground and Background Colors At any given moment while working with Photoshop, you have two colors available. Only two? Don't worry--that's really kind of misleading. Perhaps it's better to say that you have two colors active: a foreground color and a background color. The foreground color is the one you use to paint, to fill or stroke a selection. It's the color that's currently on your brush or pencil. (You'll learn about filling and stroking later when you read about paths.) The background color is the color Photoshop uses when you erase or delete a selected area on the background layer. You might think of it as the color of the canvas under your painting.