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Using the Document Color Palette

 

by Roger Wambolt

This tutorial has been written for CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X7. While some features might be available in previous releases, the tutorial will be fully applicable to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 only.


With both CorelDRAW® and Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™, a custom color palette is automatically created on the fly for each design project. The palette is saved with the file to help you keep track of the colors that you’ve used and store them for future use.

 

 

What you will learn

In this tutorial you will learn about

  • Disabling the automatic adding of colors to the Document palette
  • Manually adding colors to the Document palette
  • Removing colors from the Document palette
  • Resetting the Document palette


When you start a new drawing, an empty color palette named the Document palette appears in the drawing window. Every time you use a color in your drawing, it is automatically added to the Document palette. However, if you prefer to control which colors are added to the Document palette, you can disable the automatic updates and add colors manually.

You can add colors from a color palette, an external image, a color picker, or a color-related dialog box, such as the Edit Fill dialog box. In addition, you can add colors from an imported image or object.

 

 

As objects are created, the colors within those objects are automatically added to the Document palette.

Disabling the automatic adding of colors to the Document palette

On the Document palette, click the flyout button  , and click Automatically update.

You can also disable the automatic adding of colors by clicking Tools > Options, choosing Workspace > Customization > Color palette, and disabling the Automatically update the document palette check box.

Manually adding colors to the Document palette

There are a number of different ways to add colors to the Document palette:

 

  • Add a color from another color palette by dragging a color from an open color palette to the Document palette.
  • Add a color from a bitmap image by clicking the Eyedropper tool on the Document palette and clicking a color in the image.
  • Add multiple colors from an image by clicking the Eyedropper tool on the Document palette, holding down Ctrl, and clicking the image until you add the colors that you want.
  • Add multiple colors from an image or object by dragging it from the drawing window to the Document palette.
  • Add colors from a selection by selecting an object or multiple objects, clicking the flyout button on the Document palette, and clicking Add from selection.



Dragging a bitmap on top of the Document palette presents a dialogue box that allows you to select the number of colors from the bitmap that you want in the palette. Select the number of colors and click OK.

Removing colors from the Document palette

To remove a color from the Document palette, select the color, click the flyout button  , and click Delete color.

 

Resetting the Document palette

To reset the Document palette, click the flyout button  , and click Palette > Reset palette.

It is very easy to see how the Document palette can be a very powerful feature, whether you are creating a single file, a corporate identity package, or a series of projects for which you want to maintain consistency of color.

 

 

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