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4 - From the Color Picker

The foreground or background colors are located at the bottom of the tools panel.

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When you double click the foreground color or the background color, the Color Picker window appears.

Color Picker Window

Double click the foreground color to open the Color Picker window.

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Color Languages

Look for the little boxes.

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There are three groups of boxes.

Each group is a method for describing color.

The top box is HSB color.

The H isn't clicked, click the H.

H

Hue

S

Saturation

B

Brightness

The middle group of boxes is RGB color.

Your camera, monitor, and Photoshop Elements, use RGB color.

R

Red

G

Green

B

Blue

The last group has only a single box marked with #.

This is hexadecimal color, which is used by websites.

Pick a Color

Let's say we want to select a blue.

You were asked above to click the H if it wasn't clicked.

Therefore, the Color Picker window is displaying HSB color.

Do the following.

1) Look for the "rainbow" column.

This column is the H, the hue, of HSB color.

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2) Click on the blue area in the "rainbow" column.

Or, click, hold, and drag one of the white triangles to the blue area.

You'll use the big box to choose the S and the B of HSB color.

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If you click to the left-and-right, the saturation changes.

This is the S of HSB color.

If you click up-and-down, the brightness changes.

This is the B of HSB color.

3) Click a blue in the color field, the big square of color.

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4) That's how to select a color.

You can compare your choice with the previous color in the Color Picker window.

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The values for the blue are below.

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Enter Specific Numbers

You can enter a specific number, too.

Note how the four colors below are defined by three numbers, for red, blue, and green.

  Dark Red   Goldenrod   Dark Olive Green   Light Sky Blue
Red 139   218   85   135
Green 0   165   107   206
Blue 0   32   47   250

Enter the above values in the Color Picker window in the R, G, and B boxes.

Go to Color Samples for more color values to enter into the boxes in the Color Picker window.