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Choosing colors in CorelDRAW

Process to choose a color by using the default color palette

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          To                                                     Do the following

Choose a fill color for a selected object           Click a color swatch.

Choose an outline color for a selected object   Right-click a color swatch.

Choose from different shades of a color          Click and hold a color swatch to display a pop-up color picker, and click a color.

View more colors in the default color palette    Click the scroll arrows at the top and bottom of the color palette.



• You can display color names by pointing to a swatch.

 

Process to choose a color by using a fixed or custom color palette

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1. Select an object.

2. Open one of the following flyouts:

• the Fill flyout, and click the Fill color dialog tool .

• the Outline flyout, and click the Outline color dialog tool .

3. Click the Palettes tab.

4. Choose a fixed or custom palette from the Palette list box.

5. Move the color slider to set the range of colors displayed in the color selection area.

6. Click a color in the color selection area.



• Each color swatch on a fixed color palette is marked with a small white square.

• You should use the same color model for all colors in a drawing; the colors will be consistent and you will be able to predict the colors of the final output more accurately. It is preferable to use the same color model that you are using for the final output. For more information about reproducing colors accurately, see "Managing color for display, input, and output."



• You can display or hide the names of fixed or custom colors by clicking Options Show color names.

• You can swap the Old color (of the selected object) and the New color (which has been chosen in the color selection area) by clicking Options Swap colors.

 

Process to choose a color by using a color viewer

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1. Select an object.

2. Open one of the following flyouts:

• the Fill flyout, and click the Fill color dialog tool .

• the Outline flyout, and click the Outline color dialog tool .

3. Click the Models tab.

4. Choose a color model from the Model list box.

5. Click Options Color viewers, and click a color viewer.

6. Move the color slider.

7. Click a color in the color selection area.



• If you choose a color that is out of the printer’s gamut, CorelDRAW displays the closest in-gamut color. This color is displayed in the Reference area, in the small swatch beside the New color. You can either choose this closest in-gamut color or you can correct the out-of-gamut color.

• You should use the same color model for all colors in a drawing; the colors will be consistent and you will be able to predict the colors of the final output more accurately. It is preferable to use the same color model that you are using for the final output.



• You can swap the Old color (of the selected object) and the New color (which has been chosen in the color selection area) by clicking Options Swap colors.


Process to choose a color by using color harmonies

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1. Select an object.

2. Open one of the following flyouts:

• the Fill flyout, and click the Fill color dialog tool .

• the Outline flyout, and click the Outline color dialog tool .

3. Click the Mixers tab.

4. Click Options Mixers Color harmonies.

5. Choose a shape from the Hues list box.

6. Choose an option from the Variation list box.

7. Drag the black dot on the color wheel.

8. Click a color swatch on the color palette below the color wheel.



• If you choose a color that is out of the printer’s gamut, CorelDRAW displays the closest in-gamut color. This color is displayed in the Reference area, in the small swatch beside the New color. You can either choose this closest in-gamut color, or you can correct the out-of-gamut color.



• You can change the number of swatches in the color grid by dragging the Size slider.

• You can swap the Old color (of the selected object) and the New color (which has been chosen in the color selection area) by clicking Options Swap colors.

 

Process to choose a color by using color blends

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1. Select an object.

2. Open one of the following flyouts:

• the Fill flyout, and click the Fill color dialog tool .

• the Outline flyout, and click the Outline color dialog tool .

3. Click the Mixers tab.

4. Click Options Mixers Color blend.

5. Open each color picker, and click a color.

6. Click a color in the color selection area.



• You can only blend colors that are in the default color palette. If you want to blend other colors, change the default color palette.


• You can change the cell size of the color grid by moving the Size slider.
• You can swap the Old color (of the selected object) and the New color (which has been chosen in the color selection area) by clicking Options Swap colors.

 

Process to sample a color

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1. Open the Eyedropper flyout , and click the Eyedropper tool .

2. Choose Sample color from the list box on the property bar.

3. Click the Sample size flyout on the property bar, and enable one of the following options:

• 1ื1 — lets you choose the color of the pixel you click

• 2ื2 — lets you choose the average color in a sample area of 2 ื 2 pixels. The pixel you click is in the middle of the sample area.

• 5ื5 — lets you choose the average color in a sample area of 5 ื 5 pixels

If you want to sample a color outside the drawing window, click Select from Desktop.

4. Click the color you want to sample.

If you want to apply the sampled color to an object, click the Paintbucket tool , and click the object in the drawing window. The pointer changes as you hover over an area to indicate whether an outline or fill area is chosen. For example, as you hover over the center of a square, the pointer displays a solid color swatch; as you hover over the outline of the square, the pointer displays an outline shape.


• In some cases, the sampled color may be an RGB or CMYK color that is the closest equivalent to the original color, instead of being a complete match.


• The color you sample appears on the Fill color swatch in the lower-right corner of the drawing window. If you want to change the fill or outline color of an object to the sampled color, you can drag the Fill color swatch to the object.

 

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