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Basic Color Picking tutorial by darue Basic Color Picking tutorial by darue
A simple tutorial about the nature of the color picker. Nothing too in-depth, but I figure I might as well explain some of the intricacies of the dialog that some may not know about.

Lab color ftw!
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RustedMonster93 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks.. =)
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To0NasTy Featured By Owner May 30, 2011   Interface Designer
Very nice tutorial. Learned some great stuff.
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WindowOfFantasy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
It's nice and good idea to have it as a reference.
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pxilpooshr Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Opened my eyes to lab. thanks.
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gietmex Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
awesome tutorial but
how you now that 16,777,216 colors are the only possible color
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darue Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, there are 256 values possible values for each RGB input (0-255), and, since there are three of them, taking 256 to the third power will yield the total number of possible combinations, hence the total number of colors.

Read the wikipedia article on color depth for some more information: [link]
The color depth that is visible on a monitor is 32-bit (24-bit True Color), and is stated in the article to be 16,777,216 colors.
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VeronocaMary Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Thanks for taking the time to do this
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Thanks, this looks awesome :hug:
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a great tutorial. Its useful for more than just photoshop.
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reverendh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Excellent. I have collected this for reference. Thank you very much.
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Rubber-Ducky-FG Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
If I use a color that's not "web-safe" will I breaked the interwebz? ;)
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darue Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. :evillaugh:

It means that it won't show up as that color when viewed from really old computers.
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0OoARYANNAoO0 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
and if you click and hold the Eyedropper (Color Sampler?) you can move around your screen (out of Photoshop) and pick any color you like ^^)
..just by the way
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darue Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye. :)
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Manwathiell Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
It's very useful to me. I've been using ps for a year now, and there's so much to know about it!

Thanks for your tutorial!!

:aww:
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Cola82 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Even for someone as experienced as myself in Photoshop, I found this a great refresher. Thanks for sharing!
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BomKosh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I thought beginners already knew about that.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is sooooooo sweet! thanks for putting it in such easy words :love:
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Catgel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Wow sweetie thankies youve taught me a few things in here i didnt know !:woohoo:
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The-Blood-Diamond Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Wow, I didn't know some of this stuff!
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Mamainak Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
very useful, but can i ask what does 'colour is not web safe' mean?
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darue Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meaning, the color is not one of the colors that appear when "Only Web Colors" is checked. Clicking on the icon will bring you tot he nearest web-safe color to what you had selected earlier.
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MSlash67 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial. I've learned something new and I have used Photoshop for almost 7 years now.
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Kodi111 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009   General Artist
Very nice!

But there's a slight mistake.
It says:

G: -Blue
B: -Green

None the less very informative :).



P.S: yes, Lab colour ftw :D .
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darue Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops. ^^;

Thanks for the heads-up: fixed.
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VPellen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
16,777,216 colours, actually.
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darue Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really?
What I did was take 2553. What am I missing?
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VPellen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
256 cubed, not 255. 0-255.
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darue Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. I've fixed it in the tutorial now.
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Xephelos Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
I like!

I'm working on colouring my OC right now too! Perfect timing!

Like your sig too ><

Xeph
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