Toolbox: Colour Swatch
The Colour Picker dialog box provides access to true colour palettes and to custom reduced-colour palettes. You activate the Colour Picker by clicking the Colour Swatch.
You also can right-click to activate a more compact colour picker. In addition, you can drag a colour from the main colour swatch to colour swatches on the tool palettes, such as those for shadow colour and edge colour in the Outlines category on the Effects palette, or from the colour chips on the tool palettes to the main Colour Swatch.
Microsoft Image Composer offers you a wide range of colours and a variety of ways to use them in your compositions. Available colours are stored on a color palette that is saved with your composition. You can choose the colour palette for your composition based on your display system and the colours that your composition needs.
In Image Composer, you can control colour in several ways. You can:
· Use the True color palette, which is available by default in Image Composer, to display true colour on display systems that use a 24-bit graphics adapter video card.
Use one of the three custom color palettes that Image Composer provides:
· Gray Ramp has 236 shades of gray ranging from pure black to pure white.
· Web (Dithered) has 216 colours and uses the Error Diffusion dithering option. Use this palette for photographs or other types of images that you want to publish to the Web. If this palette doesn’t include a colour needed by an image that you insert in your composition, Image Composer uses the nearest matching colour from this palette.
· Web (Solid) has 216 colours and uses the Solid dithering option. Use this palette for line art or solid-coloured art that you want to publish to the Web. To avoid dithering, the Web (Solid) palette includes the minimum set of colours that should always be available to all images, regardless of the operating system or the browser used to display the image.
· Create a custom colour palette so that you can design compositions that look great on less capable systems or for Web browsers that may not have true colour capability. You can also change one or more of the colour entries in an existing custom palette.
· Control how colours in a custom palette appear on various display systems by selecting the dithering option that produces the best results.
· Change the current color that you fill a sprite with by using the Colour Fill button on the toolbar, and that you use to apply various effects in the current composition.
· Fine-tune the colour of a sprite by using the Colour Tuning palette to adjust the brightness, contrast, highlights, or shadows.
In the Image composer Help Topics (Alt, Shift+ H) if you put in the following headings in 'Find'. The rest of the actions detailed above, are covered in more depth.
Setting the current color
Using custom color palettes
Using true color