Posts tagged "Color Picker"

December 21, 2016

Selecting Colors in Photoshop CC 2017

Discover the many ways to select colors in Photoshop in this free video (Color Basics) from Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics on


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October 26, 2016

HUD Color Picker in Photoshop CC

To access the HUD color Picker, with a painting tool selected, Control + Option + Command (Mac) -click and drag to select a color. On Windows, Shift + Alt + right-click and drag to select a color. The HUD Color Picker can be displayed as either a Strip or a Wheel. From Preferences > General, select the preferred display from the  HUD Color Picker drop down menu. Note that both the strip and wheel options can be displayed at different sizes.

When the HUD color picker is displayed, continue to hold the mouse down while releasing the shortcuts keys and press the spacebar. The spacebar freezes the selection of the color and allows you to “jump” from the strip or wheel to the Hue/Saturation area (or vice versa) in order to refine one with out moving the other. Why would you want to do this? Well, you’ll quickly discover, that sometimes you have the correct luminosity and saturation selected but not the correct hue selected (or vice versa), and need to jump to the other portion of the interface to select it.  This is a bit tricky when you first start using it, but makes the HUD color picker infinitely more useful.

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May 12, 2016

Setting Default Colors in Photoshop

Tap the “D” key to set the foreground/background colors to black/white.

Note: If you have a Layer mask selected, tapping the “D” key will set the foreground/background colors to white/black.

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January 22, 2014

Video Tutorial – Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC 14.2

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images, and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel, and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once.

• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.

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June 1, 2012

Working with Pantone + Color Libraries in Photoshop CS6

The Pantone Color Libraries have been updated in Photoshop CS6 and are now called Pantone +.  In order to work with legacy files, you will still find both the Pantone solid coated and Pantone solid uncoated libraries in Photoshop CS6. If needed, you can load the older books (like Pantone Solid Color Euro) from PSCS5, but you should know that Pantone/X-Rite no longer support the older, legacy color libraries.

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May 3, 2010

Custom Color Picker Shortcut

PSCS5 – To display the color picker using a keyboard shortcut, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Under the Shortcuts for “Tools” scroll the to the bottom to locate the “Foreground Color Picker ” line item and enter in your own custom keyboard shortcut to display the color picker.

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