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Chapter 8. Understanding Colors and Channels > Working with the Color Palette

Working with the Color Palette

Photoshop not only lets you select virtually any colors you desire, it also lets you store those colors for future use. For example, you create a color scheme for a recurring brochure and you want a way to save those colors, or you're working on an Internet graphic and you need a Web-safe color palette. Whatever your color needs, Photoshop stands ready to meet them. The Color Palette gives you access to Photoshop's color generation tools. This single palette lets you create colors using 6 different sliders sets, 2 spectrum color selectors, a grayscale ramp, and an option that lets you create a color ramp for the current foreground and background colors.

Work with the Color Palette

Select the Color palette.

Click the Color Options button.

Select from the following Color Sliders:

  • Grayscale. Creates a single slider going from white (0) to black (100).

  • RGB. Creates three sliders (red, green, and blue). Each slider has a possible value from 0 to 255.

  • HSB. Creates three additive sliders (hue, saturation, and brightness). Each slider has a possible value from 0 to 255.

  • CMYK. Creates four subtractive sliders (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Each slider has a possible value from 0 to 100.

  • Lab. Creates three sliders (L, a, and b). The L slider has a possible value from 0 to 120, and the a, b sliders have a possible value from -120 to 100.

  • Web Color. Creates three sliders (red, green, and blue). Each slider has a possible hexadecimal value from 00 to FF.

Click the Color Options button, and then select from the following Spectrums or Ramps:

  • RGB. Converts the lower portion of the Color palette to the RGB spectrum. Clicking anywhere in the spectrum changes the active color.

  • CMYK. Converts the lower portion of the Color palette to the CMYK spectrum. Clicking anywhere in the spectrum changes the active color.

  • Grayscale. Converts the lower portion of the Color palette to grayscale ramp. Clicking anywhere in the ramp changes the active color.

  • Current Colors. Converts the lower portion of the Color palette to a color ramp, using the current foreground and background colors. Clicking anywhere in the ramp changes the active color.

To conform the color ramp to the Web safe palette, click the Color Options button, and then select Make Ramp Web Safe.


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