This weekend I studied a course on www.lynda.com called Photoshop for Designers: color by Nigel French. I love Lynda.com courses and can’t recommend them highly enough.
So five things I learned from the course, or came across as a result, that I didn’t have an inkling about already.
1. You can set up soft proofing so you see as colour-blind people would see. Apparently colour-blindness affects more people than you would think.
Soft proof. Colour in the navigator
This more useful for more graphic work, seeing where there is enough colour contrast, but interesting none the less.
2. Match colour. This is where you can map colours of one image on to another.
3. HUD colour picker. If you want to pick a colour as you go – ctrl alt cmd click will bring up the colour picker. If you want to jump from one slider to the other press the space bar. Groovy!
4. Locking transparency. This is just a scribble, but if you lock a layer’s transparency, you can only effect pixels that aren’t transparent (so you can’t colour over the lines).
5. Getting a hex number from the eyedropper tool.
Right click and the dropdown menu shows copy colour as hex number or html. These are numbers sampled from a rainbow gradient.
A rainbow of hex numbers