Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: Color Palette

Paint shop pro is one of the most powerful image editing packages available, to use it properly you need to understand how to use the color palette. The color palette can be confusing if you are new to paint shop pro because it is such a powerful tool. In it's simple form the color palette is used to change colors, however it is also responsible for managing textures and gradient effects.

Step 1 - Set the Foreground and Background Color

To choose the foreground color in paint shop pro you should left click on the color in the color picker. To choose the background color you simply need to right click on the color in the color picker. You will notice that the foreground and background colors are displayed at the top of the color palette window. you can click the arrow in between these colors to switch between the foreground and background colors.

Step 2 - Choose Colors

When choosing colors you will be using the color picker. This will be full of lots of different colors, the number of colors and shades available will depend on the color depth of the file you are working on. For example a 256 color or 16 color image will not have a large color palette.

Step 3 - Choose Styles

Styles can be selected to choose between gradient, solid, pattern or none. If you choose gradient fill styles then you will be able to create a gradient between the foreground and background colors. A window will appear allowing you to set up the gradient options and choose the type of gradient you want to use.

Step 4 - Choose Patterns

It's also possible to use the color palette to choose patterns, these allow objects to be painted with a certain color and pattern. For example a wood texture can be applied to text which will give the colors the appearance of a wooden grain. It's also possible to create your own textures by saving the texture file as a bitmap and putting it inside the textures folder.

Step 5 - Frequently Used Colors

If you often use the same colors then you can access these easily by either left or right clicking the foreground or background colors at the top of the window. This shows you a list of the most recent colors that you have used.

The current color can also be adjusted by changing the RGB or HSL levels.

Step 6 - Create Custom Colors

If you plan on using the same custom color over and over again then you can mix it once and add it to your custom palette. There are 16 spaces for custom colors which you can fill up. It's also possible to mix colors by using the RGB levels, or by entering HTML code into the color palette. By entering HTML code you will be able to get the best match for the colors used on your website.

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