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Mastering The Color Picker Tools In Adobe Photoshop Cc! (how To / Tutorial)


Hi, my name is Justin. Odie show. And in this video, we’re gonna be going in depth on the color picker tools and mastering all the different options available to us beyond just the basic foreground and background colors. So I’m going to assume most of us have some sort of basic knowledge of color How it works, you know? Mixing red, green and blue and we’ve used the basic color tools before. But I want to go in-depth and explaining what some of these things are and some of these other panels and tools that maybe you’ve never ventured into. So you hopefully leave this video with a better understanding of this really important in foundational tool in Photoshop and many other editing programs. So before we begin, I do have just an example picture open. We might be sampling off of it, and I also have the color tab open, so if we go to a window, you can have that color tab. You can also have the swatches tab open. These are both a couple different color tools that we can pick from so one thing to begin a quick tip shortcut. D will just default, your colors back to the default black foreground and white background. Also, the shortcut X will switch your foreground and background colors. That’s always useful to know, so let’s say we click on the foreground color, so we can change it. This will open our color picker that we might be familiar with and by default. It’s on the hue panel. And if you didn’t know already, you can actually switch to many different views and modes of adjusting, so you can switch from hue saturation brightness, or you can use red green and blue adjustments or you can even go into lab color mode so lightness and A&B lets you address the blue and yellow or red and green amounts in an image, so let’s say, we’re really trying to get that perfect color. Let’s say we start off somewhere in this medium red, right, but we say we want it to be a little bit brighter, specifically, in this case, we can go to the brightness, and we can brighten it up or darken it up, so we can make it the brightest possible red in that segment. Let’s say we want to be a little bit more saturated as well. We can go to the S section and we can saturate it up a little bit or we can desaturate. Let’s say we want to put a little bit of green in there because right now it’s just totally pure red here. We can put some green in there, so we wanted to add some blue. We can add some blues in there and we can get these really pastel eor nice, creamy colors that maybe you wouldn’t be able to find in your basic hue, although they’re all there, sometimes it’s just hard to find them when everything’s in front of you now. Some other tools available to you. If you don’t know, you have the hex code. So although this specific video. I’m gonna try to keep it simple. Everyday terms not really going to go into the in-depth math that could be its own separate video, but hex codes are a hexadecimal code representing the color that you have here, you know, the amounts of red green and blue on this exact point in a code format. So this you can actually copy and paste it if you go on some websites that have color palette samples or examples or even Google has a color picker. You can copy hex codes from there and you can use them in. Photoshop just by pasting them. So this can be a way to get references and samples from other people or give someone the exact hex code that you’re working with that you want you? Sometimes you see these symbols here, and this is saying that this specific color, you can’t really make it in print because print works off of CMYK or Cyan, Magenta, yellow and black, which is K or, you know, only web colors, something that will display on the Web, not a really specific color that can’t be displayed accurately, so all of these informations are available to you. Additionally, whenever you’re working on your image if you go to image mode right now we’re in RGB color, but you have the option to work in different color modes, depending on the output that you’re specifically have in mind in the layer panel as well. This is kind of getting off topic of color, but you can see all the different color channels, red, green, blue, red, green and blue individually and you can work on them individually or hide them, and you see what happens so heading back to the color picker. A couple other things are when you are working on a color, so you have this like medium green. If I’d you change it, It does let me go back to the old if I don’t like this adjustment just by clicking on that medium green, or if I want, I can add it to my swatches. So if I want to add the specific color, I can click there. I can give it a specific name like Forest Green press. OK, and I will check my swatches. You’ll see that color that it just made. Is there along with a bunch of other sample colors that Photoshop has given you? And if you ever want to use these swatches, you just click on them and it’ll automatically make your foreground color that Swatch another thing you have is color libraries and this is delving a little bit more to print territory and what’s specific tones are available in printing from these different brands and companies. Additionally, aside from dragging the points on this map or sliding the slider up and down, you can always input values and numbers, specifically, so hue operates, you know, on a 360 degree wheel saturation from 0 to 100% brightness zero to hundred percent and red-green-blue operates from values of 0 to 255 And when you combine all the all three of those, they create different, unique colors. So if you’re getting confused, don’t get confused. You don’t always have to use all of these, and you’ll see when you adjust. One one goes down. The other goes up. It’s just like a mixture. Each of these kind of has its own map here. We have saturation in the corner darkness and the bottom D saturation, The more left you go and then brightness up and down, so you can influence all of them. If you know kind of how to read it or just instinctually, what you’re looking at, Of course, one thing we haven’t mentioned yet is that you can always pick colors with your color picker. When you have this open as soon as you move out of the color picker, the ink dropper comes up and we can ink drop a certain color from our photo or even from the UI, and you do have this color picker menu that’s available like this in kind of a triangle, but same deal. You have the hue wheel. In this case, it’s actually represented in its 360-degree wheel. The saturation brightness slider. You don’t have all those extra panels that you might get in the color panel like red, green, blue and color, but you might really not always need those and beyond that, you know, you also have the gradient tool which operates in kind of the same way. You have your color picker that pops up, and you also have the opacity in this case of different colors that you can choose. Another kind of thing with the gradient tool is instead of solid gradients. You can also do noise. Gradients, which has its own kind of color picking model of a mixtures of red green and blue limits allowed. And you can randomize those and create your own color gradients like that, so there’s so much more that we could go into in color, that’s something. I might save for a future dedicated video or something that you might want to research more in-depth into and just all of this color theory in general and how it works is printing. Something you might want to further research if you need to but way. I’ve armed you with a little bit more foundational knowledge to give you some more information about all the different ways. That color picker works together. So if you’ve enjoyed this video, leave a like on it below. Subscribe to my channel, so you stay tuned for all of my future videos and I’ll leave a link to some other Photoshop tutorials that you can click on in the end cards. If you want to check out more on my channel, thank you so much for watching, and I’ll see you in the next one.