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Overview Color Fitting is a tool for selecting colors based on what colors you like most. It primes your imagination by presenting you with color proofers selected from the complete spectrum of 16,777,216 colors. The ones you like you can keep or fix until you create the perfect combination of colors. These color schemes can be printed with complete RGB, HSB, and HTML references.

You can also use Color Fitting to test your favorite color schemes with pictures and drawings. You can paste a Color Fitting image into another document or use it as background in your web pages or slide shows.


Select Colors
You select your colors and create your color schemes in the Selection Tab.

The selection process is easy as Color Fitting prompts you with different color proofers at a time. You choose the number of proofers in the Create Colors Group and then press the Create New Colors Button or the space key to create more colors.

You can keep the colors you like by adding them to your color schemes. To add a color to a color scheme, just pick the color proofer with the mouse and drag it to the Color Scheme Box at the bottom of the screen. You can also add a color to your color schemes by selecting Keep it! in the Right Click Menu.

If a particular combination of colors is to your liking, you can keep them all either by pressing the Keep All Button or choosing Add All through the Right Click Menu associated with each color scheme. If you later change your mind, you can remove a color from your color schemes by placing the cursor over it and then choose Delete Color from the Right Click Menu. You can also delete all colors at once from a color scheme by choosing Delete All from the Right Click Menu.

To help the selection process, you can fix certain colors in the proofers by choosing Fix it! from the Right Click Menu. You can then continue creating more colors using the remaining proofers until you find a color that goes well with it. In fact, Color Fitting lets you fix as many proofers as you want so that you can find the perfect color combinations.

The colors in the proofers and schemes can be dragged back and forward and you can at any time pick a color from a color scheme and paint a proofer with it to check how it works together with a new color.

The selection of colors can be made using both the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) system with 256 X 256 X 256 = 16,777,216 colors and the HSB (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) system with 360 X 101 X 101 = 3,672,360 colors. You select your favorite color system through the Type Menu in the Color Range Group.

Color Fitting also allows you to select shades of the three primary (red, green, and blue) and three secondary (yellow, cyan, and magenta) colors of the additive system by selecting a fixed color from the Type Menu. You can also choose shades of grays by choosing Grays in the Type Menu. Shades of fixed colors are created using the HSB system.

Irrespective of the system you've chosen in the Type Menu, by moving the sliders of the color system components you can change the color range and create shades of any color you like.


Create Color Schemes You can select your favorite colors and group them in color schemes. Color schemes are created in the Selection Tab of Color Fitting.

Color Fitting allows you to work with a maximum of six different color schemes at a time. There are however no limitations to the number of colors you can put in each color scheme. You select the number of color schemes in the Color Schemes Gallery.

You can create your color schemes using colors selected from the proofers or by adding your own colors.

To select colors from the proofers, just put the cursor over the proofer and drag it to a color scheme at the bottom of the screen. You can put the same color in different color schemes and you can also move a color from a color scheme to another by dragging it with the mouse. Within a color scheme you can reorganize your favorite colors by dragging a color from one place to another. You can also sort your favorite colors using different parameters, including the components Hue, Saturation, and Brightness of the HSB color system.

To add your own colors to a color scheme, select a color with the mouse and then select Adjust Color in the Right Click Menu. Then you introduce your color reference by setting the right values for Red, Green, and Blue using the color component sliders. For minute adjustments, select a slider and then use the arrows top and bottom or left and right arrows in the keyboard. You can obviously use this system to make fine adjustments to colors created by Color Fitting.

Colors can be removed from a color scheme by choosing Delete Color in the Right Click Menu. You can also clear all colors from a color scheme either by choosing Delete All in the Right Click Menu or by placing the cursor over the blank spaces in the color scheme and then press Clear Color Scheme in the Right Click Menu.

You can add notes to your color schemes to record your ideas or what motivated you to create them. These comments are accessible either for editing or visualization through the Right Click Menu associated with each color scheme. Your comments also appear in the Printing Report.


Select Color Shades Color shades can be created and selected using two different methods. The first uses the HSB system to create the colors and has the three primary (red, green, and blue) and three secondary (yellow, cyan, and magenta) colors as a starting point. Then by moving the sliders in the Color Tool of the Color Range Group you can create and select shades of any color you like.

The second method uses a different algorithm for color generation and allows you to use both the RGB and the HSB systems to create color shades. You switch on this method by dragging a favorite color either from a color proofer or from a color scheme and dropping it in the Color Tool Square of the Color Range Group. You'll see the caption change to My Colors RGB or My Colors HSB depending on the system you are using. You can also move the sliders to fine-tune your starting color. Then by pressing the Create New Colors Button you can create different shades of your favorite colors.


Adjust Favorite Colors Color Fitting allows you to adjust your favorite colors by hand. Through the Right Click Menu you can fine-tune any color from any proofer or from any color scheme by selecting Adjust Color and then moving the component color sliders to the right positions. For finer adjustments, you can use the arrows top and bottom or left and right arrows in the keyboard after selecting a particular slider with the cursor.

Color Fitting also allows you to make last minute adjustments in your color schemes during the Staging process or in the Color Pie Tab.


Select Colors with Textures Color Fitting ships with a gallery of textures you can use to select your colors.

By selecting a texture in the Textures Gallery, all the color proofers will feature the chosen texture and the selection process is done using this texture in all the proofers until you choose a different texture or select No Texture from the Textures Gallery.

You can also test the effect of a particular texture on a favorite color by selecting a particular texture through the Right Click Menu and therefore test different textures at the same time.

Proofers with textures can be copied through the Right Click Menu to other applications or used as background in your web pages or slide shows. You can also copy them to the Staging Board of Color Fitting.


Select Colors with Images You can load your own images into the color proofers and then select colors with your images in the background. Image files such as .jpg, .tif, .gif, .png, .bmp, or .tga are loaded through the Right Click Menu.

Images can be removed from your color proofers by selecting Remove Image in the Right Click Menu.

You can copy a proofer with an image through the Right Click Menu and paste it into other applications or into the Staging Board of Color Fitting. You can use these images as background in your web pages or desktop.


Fit Colors with Images Color Fitting allows you to try your favorite colors and color schemes with images. The fitting process is done in the Staging Tab. Image files such as .jpg, .tif, .gif, .png, .bmp, or .tga are loaded by selecting them from the Images Gallery or by selecting Open from the Image File Menu.

You can also paste images from other applications directly into the Staging Board. Color Fitting images, both from the Selection Tab proofers and the Color Pie Tab, can also be pasted to the Staging Board. Then by selecting a color from your color schemes, you can type and format text over it and also draw lines or simple geometric forms.

Your new images can be saved to disk to be used in other applications.


Fit Colors with Drawings You can make simple drawings in the Staging Board of Color Fitting to check how your color schemes work together.

The drawing tools of Color Fitting allow you to draw lines, rectangles, and ellipses. You can fill your rectangles and ellipses either with color or textures. You can also fill an area or object with color or textures by selecting the Flood Brush in the Drawing Toolbox Group. You can also type text with your colors and test them using different fonts and effects.

Drawings can be saved as image files such as .jpg, .tif, .png, or .bmp and used in other applications.


Test Colors on a Color Pie You can check very quickly how your favorite colors work together using the Color Pie of Color Fitting. By dragging colors from your color schemes and dropping them on the testing board, Color Fitting adds extra slices to the Color Pie.

Colors can be removed from the Color Pie by selecting Remove Color in the Right Click Menu. You can also delete all colors and start anew by selecting Remove All Colors in the Right Click Menu.

The colors in the Color Pie can also be tested against a background by dragging and dropping a favorite color in the Background Color Square in the Background Toolbox.

You can make final adjustments to the colors in the Color Pie by selecting a color in your color schemes and then adjust it by selecting Adjust Color in the Right Click Menu. You can also make adjustments to the background color by moving the sliders in the Background Toolbox.

You can copy the Color Pie to other applications and also copy it to the Staging Board of Color Fitting for further modification.


Print Color Schemes Color Fitting prints your color proofers and color schemes using the standard format of color strips with the respective color references. References are given for the RGB, HSB, and HTML systems.

Color Fitting also prints the comments you added to each color scheme on the Printing Report for your future reference.


 

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