Work with the Photoshop Elements' Color Picker - dummies

Work with the Photoshop Elements’ Color Picker

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

By default, Photoshop Elements uses a black foreground color and a white background color. If you’re experimenting with color and want to go back to the default colors, press the D key. If you want to swap between foreground and background colors, press the X key.

If you want any color other than black and white, click your desired swatch (either foreground or background) at the bottom of the Tools panel. This action transports you to the Color Picker, as shown in the figure.

Choose your desired color from the Color Picker.
Choose your desired color from the Color Picker.
  1. Click either the foreground or background color swatch on the Tools panel.

    The Color Picker appears.

  2. Drag the color slider or click the color bar to get close to the general color you desire.

  3. Choose the exact color you want by clicking in the large square, or color field, on the left.

    The circle cursor targets your selected color. The two swatches in the upper-right corner of the dialog box represent your newly selected color and the original foreground or background color.

    The numeric values on the right side of the dialog box also change according to the color you selected. If you happen to know the values of your desired color, you can enter them in the text boxes. RGB (red, green, blue) values are based on brightness levels from 0 (black) to 255 (white). You can also enter HSB (hue, saturation, brightness) values or the hexadecimal formula for web colors.

  4. When you’re happy with your color, click OK.

If you want to save your color for later use, do so by using the Color Swatches panel, described shortly.