Using the Eye-Dropper "Color Picker"

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Getting the Perfect Color

Creating the perfect color palette in Studio is easy. Follow our tips and you’ll be transforming photos and stories into meaningful and beautifully colored keepsakes in a snap.

 

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Your Friend the Color Picker

Search for “png” in the Studio art search and you’ll find a wealth of black or grey elements that were designed to be easily changed to a different color. While you can change the color of anything, these flat, one-color items work best as you’ll lose texture and shading in a complex art piece. Choose your color with the eye-dropper-looking “Color Picker” by going to fill color, clicking on the small square with the arrow in it and selecting a color from the pop-up palette, as we did when changing Jill Means’ 7 x 5 invitation, template, 698337, from warm pink to lavender.

 

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Pick Color from Anywhere

Pick your color from the palette, from any Studio artwork or from the photo you’re using.

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Upload an Image Just for Color

You can even grab a dress, paint chip or other image from the web, upload it to your photo folders and use that as the basis for your color scheme. Here we’ve uploaded a paint chip from the Valspar Paint website.

 

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Try Transparency

Have a color you like but want it in several shades? Just “Color Pick” from the original color and change the percentage of transparency using your “Transparency” slider bar.

 

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When Transparency Won’t Work for You

If you don’t want transparent color, change the transparency of a color sample and then “color pick” off the transparent color. You’ll have color that you can’t see through in the various shades you want.

 

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Color on the Personalized Press

With so many products to choose from, what kind of color should you expect from a personalized press? Will a particular color print the same on a mug, a canvas, a metal print and a book? The answer is “not typically.” When you think about the creamy color of canvas, it’s no surprise it prints in slightly more muted tones than on ultra-bright white book paper. And consider metal prints. Part of their high-end appeal is the translucency that allows metal to shine through. The same color on a metal print is going to look a little different on a card or book. Look at the book and mug in the photo shown above. The color on the mug, which is printed on a different printer and has a creamy china base, looks a little peachier than it would printed on a book page or cover. Another tip is to check your project in progress on a couple of different computer screens. Each screen is calibrated differently and it’s good to know if your display is a little red, a little green, or pretty darn close to your printed products.

 

Image_8.jpg * Watch this great video from our Oct.9, 2014 Studio U class that shows how to use the eyedropper tool to expand your color palette.*

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