Task 5 explained how to use the Color Picker to select a color. This task looks at the different ways you can specify a color in Photoshop. The methods described in this task use a combination of working with the Color Picker, sampling colors from images, and using preset swatches. Use the method that best suits the task at hand.
Select a Foreground Color
Click the Foreground color swatch in the toolbox to launch the Color Picker. Follow the steps in Task 5, "How to Use the Photoshop Color Picker," to select a color.
Select a Background Color
Click the Background color swatch in the toolbox to launch the Color Picker. Follow the steps in Task 5 to select a color.
Sample a Color
Click the Eyedropper tool in the toolbox. Move the tool in the image over the color you want to sample and click to select the desired color. The color you select becomes the foreground color (check the color swatch in the toolbox).
Use the Color Palette
Choose Window, Color to open the Color palette. Move the RGB sliders as necessary to "mix" the desired color; watch the color you are creating in the swatch on the left side of the palette or in the toolbox. You also can select additional color models and options from the Color palette menu.
Use the Color Swatches
Choose Window, Swatches to open the Swatches palette, which contains an array of preset color swatches. Click the desired color to select it (it becomes the foreground color in the toolbox). To add the current foreground color as a swatch on this palette, move the pointer to an empty space on the palette until the pointer changes to the Paint Bucket; click to add the color as a swatch on the palette.
To switch the foreground and background colors, click the Switch Colors button (the double-headed, curved arrow to the right of the Foreground color swatch in the toolbox). Alternatively, press the X key to switch the foreground and background colors.
Reverting to Black and White
Click the Default Colors button in the toolbox (the black square on top of the white square to the left of the Background color swatch) to reset the foreground and background colors to black and white. Alternatively, press the D key to set the foreground and background colors to black and white.