Color Wheel Pro - See Color Theory in Action

A software program to create color schemes and preview them on real-world examples.

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Step 3: Using Preview Editor

This page describes how to colorize the preview image you made. If you have no preview image, you can try the editor on our sample preview image, Cubes.swf. To do this, copy Cubes.swf from the Samples folder folder in the Color Wheel Pro installation directory to the Previews folder. Under Windows XP and lower, the Previews folder is located in %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Color Wheel Pro\Previews (Windows will expand this string into the path like this: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Color Wheel Pro\Previews). Under Windows Vista, this folder is located in %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Color Wheel Pro\Previews (Windows will expand this string into the path like this: C:\ProgramData\Color Wheel Pro\Previews).


How does the preview editor work?

The Color Wheel Pro Preview Editor (Preview > Preview Editor) lets you link colors of each graphic object in the preview image to the sliders on the color wheel.

Please note that you are not editing colors directly as you do in image editors like Photoshop. Instead, you create and edit relationships between the objects and the sliders on the color wheel.

Only one color scheme can be edited at a time. When you edit a particular color scheme, the changes are automatically applied to all the schemes using the same number of colors. For example, any changes you make to the Complementary scheme affect all the two-color schemes (Complementary, Split Complementary and Freeform-2) at the same time.

Color schemes are grouped as follows:

  • Single-color schemes (Monochromatic, Analogous).
  • Two-color schemes (Complementary, Split Complementary, Freeform-2).
  • Three-color schemes (Triadic, Freeform-3).
  • Four-color schemes (Tetradic, Freeform-4).

Using the Preview Editor

To start editing:

  1. Select a color scheme to edit colors for.
  2. Select a preview image.
  3. Click Preview > Preview Editor.

Editing process:

  1. Click an object in the preview image (or choose it from the list).
  2. Click a color swatch to link the object with a slider on the color wheel.
  3. Adjust the hue range, saturation and lightness for the object.
  4. You can rotate the color wheel during the editing.
  5. When finished, click Save to save the changes, or Close to discard them.

Preview Editor Window:

Preview editor

Objects drop-down list
Lets you select an object in the preview image by its name instead of clicking it in the preview image. This list is useful to select objects that are too small or hidden behind other objects.

Color Swatches
Represent the color sliders on the color wheel and let you link an object in the preview image to a specific slider. The number of the color swatches depends on the number of colors in the currently selected color scheme. For example, when you edit a triadic scheme there are three color swatches. The screenshot above was taken when editing a split complementary scheme, so it shows two color swatches.

Hue
Lets you adjust the hue range for the color of a selected object. This slider is limited by the width of the hue range on the color wheel. It has no visible effect in Monochromatic and Complementary schemes because they don't use hue ranges.

Saturation
Lets you adjust the saturation for the color of a selected object. Drag the slider to the right to increase the saturation or to the left to decrease it.

Lightness
Lets you adjust the lightness for the color of a selected object. Drag the slider to the right to increase the lightness or to the left to decrease it.

Reset
Lets you reset hue, saturation and lightness changes.

Copy Scheme To
Lets you copy the color settings for the current color scheme to other color schemes.

Save
Saves the color changes you made.

Close
Allows you to close the Preview Editor without saving the changes.


Copying Colors to Other Color Schemes

You can copy settings for a color scheme to a group of schemes (click Copy Scheme To in the Preview Editor). This lets you save time linking objects in the preview image with the sliders on the color wheel. For example, after copying settings from a two-color scheme to a three-color, you have two color wheel sliders linked to the objects in the preview image and need to assign objects only to the third slider.

Note: When editing a color scheme, you edit the whole group of schemes it belongs to. So you do not need to copy the settings for the current color scheme to the members of its group.









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