Color Dialog Box

The Color dialog box is a standard Microsoft® Windows® interface, but it is available in so many places in SiteSpinner® Pro that it we are compelled to discuss it in this help guide. Use it to set red, green, and blue values for various objects and components.

Ubiquitous and useful, the Color dialog box allows you to select system or custom colors to apply to many different objects and components in SiteSpinner® Pro.

You may open the Color dialog box any time you have the option of setting system or custom colors for an object, component, or text.

Controls on the Color dialog box include the following:

Field/Control Description
Basic colors Click to select one of the 48 basic (or system) colors to apply to a selected object, component, or text.
Custom colors Click to select one of the 16 custom colors to apply to a selected object, component, or text.
Define Custom Colors Click to expand the Color dialog box to allow you to choose and set a custom color.
Color Matrix Click anywhere to define a color. The selected color will appear in the Color/Solid preview window, and its Red, Green, and Blue and Hue, Saturation, and Luminance values will appear in the fields below the Color Matrix.
HSV slider Click and drag up or down to change the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance values of the selected color from the Color Matrix. The new values will appear in the Hue, Sat, and Lum boxes.
Color/Solid Displays a preview of a custom color.
Hue Displays the hue value of a color. If you change the hue, the values for red, green, and blue will be changed to match. Values range from 0 to 239. You may enter a value.
Sat Displays the saturation value of a color. Saturation is the strength or purity of color in a specified hue, up to a maximum of 240. The higher the saturation, the purer the color. You may enter a value.
Lum Displays the saturation value of a color. Saturation is the strength or purity of color in a specified hue, up to a maximum of 240. The higher the saturation, the purer the color. You may enter a value.
Red Displays the value of the red channel in a color. You may enter a value.
Green Displays the value of the green channel in a color. You may enter a value.
Blue Displays the value of the blue channel in a color. You may enter a value.
Add to Custom Colors Click to add the custom color you have defined to custom colors where you may click to apply it to the selected object, component, or text.
OK Click to accept the current settings and exit the dialog box.
Cancel Click to cancel the operation and close the dialog box.
 
Creating a Flat Color Fill

Use the following procedure to create a flat fill color you can add to a rectangle, ellipse, polygon, curve, table or text object:

  1. Click the Edit Shading button: on the Object Bar

    OR

    Select Object>Shading Editor

    OR

    Press the ALT+S keyboard shortcut

    The Shading Editor dialog box will open.

  2. Click the Selection Tab.
  3. Click the Create button. A message box will appear asking you to confirm that you want to create a new shading component.
  4. Click Yes. The message box will close.
  5. Rename the shading component, if you wish, by overwriting the system-defined name in the Current Shading combo box.
  6. Click the Fill Settings Tab.
  7. Use the Red, Green, and Blue sliders to choose a color for the flat color fill

    OR

    Click and drag the Color Dropper button: anywhere on your computer screen to pick up a color

    OR

    Click the Color button to open the Color dialog box to select a system or custom color.

  8. When you are finished, click OK. The dialog box will close, and the new flat color fill shading component is loaded and ready to apply to objects.

New shading components bearing the same attributes of the newly created shading component will be created automatically and applied to new rectangle and ellipse objects that you add.

Creating a Gradient Color Fill

Use the following procedure to create a gradient fill color you can add to a rectangle, ellipse, polygon, or curve object:

  1. Click the Edit Shading button: on the Object Bar

    OR

    Select Object>Shading Editor

    OR

    Press the ALT+S keyboard shortcut

    The Shading Editor dialog box will open.

  2. Click the Selection Tab.
  3. Click the Create button. A message box will appear asking you to confirm that you want to create a new shading component.
  4. Click Yes. The message box will close.
  5. Rename the shading component, if you wish, by overwriting the system-defined name in the Current Shading combo box.
  6. Click the Fill Settings Tab.
  7. Use the Red, Green, and Blue sliders to choose a color for the base color (Color 1) of the gradient

    OR

    Click and drag the Color Dropper button: anywhere on your computer screen to pick up a color

    OR

    Click the Color button to open the Color dialog box to select a system or custom color.

  8. To apply a linear gradient, click the Linear button

    OR

    To apply a cylindrical gradient, click the Cylinder button

    OR

    To apply a radial gradient, click the Radial button.

  9. Use the Red, Green, and Blue sliders to choose a color for the complementary color (Color 2) of the gradient

    OR

    Click and drag the Color Dropper button: anywhere on your computer screen to pick up a color

    OR

    Click the Color button to open the Color dialog box to select a system or custom color.

  10. When you are finished, click OK. The dialog box will close, and the new gradient fill shading component is loaded and ready to apply to objects.
Creating an Image Fill (Texture Mapping)

Use the following procedure to create an image fill (texture map) you can add to a rectangle, ellipse, polygon, curve, or text object:

  1. Click the Edit Shading button: on the Object Bar

    OR

    Select Object>Shading Editor

    OR

    Press the ALT+S keyboard shortcut

    The Shading Editor dialog box will open.

  2. Click the Selection Tab.
  3. Click the Create button. A message box will appear asking you to confirm that you want to create a new shading component.
  4. Click Yes. The message box will close.
  5. Rename the shading component, if you wish, by overwriting the system-defined name in the Current Shading combo box.
  6. Click the Fill Settings Tab.
  7. To scale the image to the best fit inside the object without distorting it, click the Scale button

    OR

    To stretch the image to fill the entire object, click the Stretch button

    OR

    To repeat the image without scaling until the entire object is filled, click the Tile button.

    The Open dialog box will open.

  8. Browse your system for the image file you want to use for the image fill.
  9. When the image’s file name appears in the File name field, click the Open button

    The Open dialog box will close, and the selected image will appear in the Preview Window of the Shading Editor dialog box.

  10. When you are finished, click OK. The dialog box will close, and the new image fill (texture map) shading component is loaded and ready to apply to objects.

If you are creating an image fill shading component to apply to a polygon where the lines of the shape cross each other to form closed sections (e.g., a pentastar), you can use the Fill Method option on the Selection Tab to select either Alternate or Winding fill methods. Alternate will leave the middle part of the object empty, while Winding will fill all parts of the object.

Changing an Object’s Shading Component
  1. Select the object to which you want to apply a shading component.
  2. Press the ALT+Q keyboard shortcut

    OR

    Click the Quick Properties Editor button: in the Tools Bar

    OR

    Select Object>Quick Properties Editor.

    The Quick Properties Editor dialog box will open.

  3. Click the Shading Tab.
  4. From the Shading Selection drop-down menu, select the shading component you wish to apply to the selected object. A preview of the shading component will appear in the Thumbnail View and in the object itself in the Work Window.

Not all types of shading components can be applied to all objects. Check the preview of the object itself in the Work Window to see if it will accept the desired shading component.

Adjusting an Image’s Brightness and Contrast
  1. Click the image object whose brightness and/or contrast you want to adjust.
  2. Click the Edit Shading button: on the Object Bar

    OR

    Select Object>Shading Editor

    OR

    Press the ALT+S keyboard shortcut

    The Shading Editor dialog box will open.

  3. Click the Fill Settings Tab.
  4. Click the Lock button.

    The Red, Green, and Blue sliders will now controlled together.

  5. To adjust the image’s brightness, click the Bright button

    OR

    To adjust the image’s contrast, click the Contrast button.

  6. Click and drag either the Red, Green, or Blue slider right or left to increase or decrease the brightness or contrast settings.

    The image will display the effects of the settings in the Thumbnail View.

  7. When you are finished, click OK. The dialog box will close, and the image object will reflect the new settings.
Tinting an Image
  1. Click the image object whose brightness and/or contrast you want to adjust.
  2. Click the Edit Shading button: on the Object Bar

    OR

    Select Object>Shading Editor

    OR

    Press the ALT+S keyboard shortcut

    The Shading Editor dialog box will open.

  3. Click the Fill Settings Tab.
  4. Click and drag the Red, Green, and Blue sliders right or left to apply different tint effects.

    The image will display the effects of the settings in the Thumbnail View.

  5. When you are finished, click OK. The dialog box will close, and the image object will reflect the new settings.

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