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Choosing a color is a fun process in and of
itself and Photoshop gives you such flexibility that color choice can
be a beginning, intermediate or advanced task.
For the moment, let's focus on the basics of
color. Essentially, choosing color involves two decisions: what color
should your canvas be (background color in technical jargon) and what
color paint should you use to draw with (foreground color)
Choosing foreground and background color is
handled in the Toolbox. Near the bottom of the toolbox you will
see the color picker squares
The square on top is the
foreground color and the square in back is the background color.
(note that you can easily make the foreground color the background
color and vice versa using the little switcher arrows
To change the color, you simply click on whichever
square you want to change. When you do so, the "Color Picker Dialog"
Choosing a color is easy, you can choose a
color by moving your pointer over the desired color in the color
chooser square and clicking. Notice in the figure above that we chose
light blue. You can see the exact hue highlighted inside the tiny
circle in the color chooser square
If you want to change the
range of color, simply click on the color range slider to the
right of the color chooser square. Notice that the your
original color and your newly chosen color will be represented in
the "Color preview box" to the right of the color range slider. in the
case of the figure above, the old color was light purple.
Of course, the advanced user can define colors
absolutely by their RGB, HSB or CMYK values. A complete discussion of
the various modes of defining colors on the computer is beyond the
scope of this tutorial, but truly, you don't much need to worry about
it so long as you can use the color chooser square and the color range
We are almost ready to start making a mess. But first
let us take a look at the set of brushes we have at our disposal.
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