paint.net allows two colors to be selected, a
Primary/Secondary Color Selector
The drop down list has two options to activate either the
Primaryor Secondarycolor slots. Choosing an option activates the color slot. The color held in the slot will be used for subsequent editing operations.
Use the shortcut key
Cto quickly switch between Primaryand Secondarycolors.
More » Button
Click this button to expand the
ColorsWindow to reveal detailed color information about the color held in the active color slot ( Primaryor Secondary). The entire palette of 96 colors will be visible in the expanded window.
The RGB (Red, Green & Blue), HSV (Hue, Saturation & Value) and Opacity sliders are used to change the attributes of the color in the active color slot.
Hexadecimal values for the color in the active color slot are displayed and are editable within the text box. New hex values can be pasted into the text box to generate a new color.
In expanded mode, the
Morebutton is renamed " Less". Clicking the button in this form returns the ColorsWindow to it's minimized (default) size.
Current Color Selection
The overlapping squares in the upper left of the
ColorsWindow show the currently selected Primary(foreground square) and Secondary(background square) colors.
The double headed arrow icon situated at the upper right of the Current Color Selection icon swaps the colors in the
Primaryand Secondarycolor slots.
The black and white icon to the lower left of the Current Color Selection icon installs the default Black and White colors as
Primaryand Secondarycolor slots respectively. The keyboard shortcut for this icon is C. Use this key to quickly swap the active color.
Color Wheelis used to make color selection to the currently active color slot. If the Primarycolor is active, clicking on the color wheel will install the color clicked on to the Primarycolor slot, and vice versa.
Holding down the
Ctrlkey with the pointer in the Color Wheellimits color selections to the same radius as the currently selected color. This is the same as changing the Hue (H) in the expanded ColorWindow's HSV section.
Holding down the
Altkey with the pointer in the Color Wheellimits color selections to a single spoke in the Color Wheel. The spoke will be generated through the current color. This is the same as changing the Saturation (S) value in the expanded ColorWindow's HSV section.
Holding down the
Shiftkey with the pointer in the Color Wheellimits color selections to specific spokes in the Color Wheel. The current color may not be located on one of the spokes. This is the same as changing the Saturation (S) (changes on a single spoke) and/or Hue (H) (changes from spoke to spoke) in the expanded ColorWindow's HSV section.
These controls are used to manage palettes. For more information see the Working with Palettes section.
This control is used to quickly select one of the colors in the current palette. Left click on a color shade to load it into the
Primarycolor slot. Right clicking will load the color shade into the Secondarycolor slot.
Colorswindow is at it's smaller size, only 32 colors of the current palette are show. When the Colorswindow is expanded the entire palette of 96 shades is shown.
For more information on palettes, see the Working with Palettes section.