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Old 03-20-2008, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default Kuler update from Adobe Labs

For those of you who have recent enough Adobe software to use their Swatch Exchange format, their Kuler site -- http://kuler.adobe.com/ -- has been enhanced. You need to have the lastest, free Adobe Air installed, the site is Flash based -- but not just for show -- and if you want to save .ase files or share them, you need to sign in with your Adobe ID and password. If you can't use Adobe Swatch Exchange files, there's little use, other than perhaps curiosity, to go to Kuler.

What caught my attention with the upgrade is you now can upload on the Create tab (to public or private area) a photo and Kuler will automatically select 5 colors from the image. There are 5, I believe, settings for Colorful, Dull, Light, Dark, something like that, and a Custom setting. As soon as 5 anchor points have been placed on the image and the color set has been created, you can drag those points anywhere you like and create your own set of 5 basic colors.

Of course, these can later be easily used in Illustrator's Live Color to create more sets based on any number of color "rules," or schemes. And they can be loaded into any of Adobe's design software since they have the .ase format.

It's kind of fun, so you might want to try it out.

   
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:27 AM   #2
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If you can't use Adobe Swatch Exchange files, there's little use, other than perhaps curiosity, to go to Kuler.
Actually, anyone with a roaming sort of eyedropper (like the one provided with Color Schemer Studio, for example) can lift colors from the Kuler sets.

No need, as you point out, if you are using Adobe apps. Nice site. Thanks.

   
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:24 AM   #3
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Actually, anyone with a roaming sort of eyedropper (like the one provided with Color Schemer Studio, for example) can lift colors from the Kuler sets.

No need, as you point out, if you are using Adobe apps. Nice site. Thanks.
Most interesting. I never thought about a roaming eyedropper, even though Adobe gives us one as well. I'm glad you pointed that out.

   
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:08 AM   #4
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I don't know if a lot of people realize that Photoshop's eyedropper can select colors from the screen outside the Photoshop application. With a document open in Photoshop, select the eyedropper tool. Then click and drag the eyedropper off the document to select a color from your desktop, another application, etc. and let go when over the color you want to sample.
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>Photoshop's eyedropper can select colors from the screen outside the Photoshop application

I certainly didn't know about this "color clipboard." That's neat; gotta try it. Do both Win and Mac export an HUV string for a graphics pixel? At the system graphics driver level?
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"I don't know if a lot of people realize that Photoshop's eyedropper can select colors from the screen outside the Photoshop application."
Damn that's clever. How long has that been going on?
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I don't know if a lot of people realize that Photoshop's eyedropper can select colors from the screen outside the Photoshop application. With a document open in Photoshop, select the eyedropper tool. Then click and drag the eyedropper off the document to select a color from your desktop, another application, etc. and let go when over the color you want to sample.
That is very good to know — thanks.

I like the new image.

   
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groucho: How long has that been going on?
Very long time...I think since at least Photoshop5--maybe evern 4...

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Works just the same in PSP as well.

   
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Works just the same in PSP as well.
I love being able to sample anything with my little eyedropper(s).

The one exception is Shockwave Jigsaw puzzles. The minute I drag out an eyedropper, the puzzle goes into Pause mode, hiding the image. Tsk.

   
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