This installment of the Resource Guide covers the Color Ribbon.  While there is so much to do with color, the Color ribbon is one of the smallest ribbons in the software.  Half of the buttons on the Color Ribbon are extremely advanced and there currently are not a lot of offerings specifically related to the buttons on this Ribbon.  Over time, we will add additional offerings.  We will also add a topic specifically related to color and not just the color ribbon.

There is no clear line between the fundamentals and creative know-how, so unlike other sections of the Resource Guide, we will not be dividing the offerings related to this ribbon into Fundamentals and Creative Know-How (Applications). Instead, fundamental and creative offerings will be combined in their relevant sections.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


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Black and White/Sepia
Hue
Wash
Brightness
Balance
Temperature
Match
Levels/Curves

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Black and White/Sepia

Use these buttons to remove color from your paper or photos.  You can also give your paper and photos a vintage/antique look.

 

 

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Hue

Use this button to adjust the color in an element.  This button will adjust the colors in an image.  The Hue value represents the change from the original pixel color as the number of degrees of rotation around the 360-degree color wheel.  That is why adjusting the Hue slider does not yield the color that appears on the Hue slider.  Adjusting the hue will adjust all of the colors in your image except black, white and gray.

 

 

 

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Wash

The Wash tool allows you to coat an element with color.   The element that is color washed will become monochromatic but will keep all of its design detail.

 

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Brightness

The Brightness button allows you to change the contrast, brightness,  highlights, midtones, and shadows in an element.   This button is particularly helpful when you need to manually edit your photos.

 

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Balance

ADVANCED FUNCTION TOOL: Use this button to adjust the color balance in an element.

Stay tuned for a future offering on this topic.

 

 

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Temperature

ADVANCED FUNCTION TOOL: Use this tool to make the colors in your image cooler (adding more blue to the image) or warmer (adding more orange).

 

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Match

ADVANCED FUNCTION TOOL: Use this tool to select a pixel in an element and match its color to black, white, or another color while at the same time adjusting all of the colors in the element at the same time.  This is a great option for fixing discolored photos.

 

 

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Levels/Curves

Levels allows you to adjust the light levels in an image. Curves allows you to adjust the contrast and exposure in an image.

 

 

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User Frequently Asked Questions
Over the upcoming weeks, we will be watching our social media pages and emails for your frequently asked questions as they relate to text. We will then add those questions here along with a link to the corresponding answer.

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Applications/Creative Know How