PIXELALLEY HOME ODDS 'N' ENDS TUTORIALS TO PIXELALLEY SECTION LINKS PAGE
Using Color Sets
.
This short tutorial will explain a few of the basics of Painter Color Sets, their information text files, and how to load them into Painter 6. (Painter 5 translations are shown in parentheses).

If you open, for instance, the Painter 6 PainterColors-WEB.txt file (or another Painter Color Set text file), as you would any text file in a text reader, you'll see the information Painter uses to display the correct colors for the chosen Color Set, the number of rows and columns, each color swatch's width and height, the text height (the Painter 6 "Pantone.txt" Color Set, for instance, can display the color numbers in Painter), and the grid spacing between each color swatch. Then, it lists each color's RGB and HSV numbers. Notice that in the Color Set text sample shown here, the HSV numbers are all 0.00. The default is RGB for Painter, though the HSV values can also be seen in the Art Materials palette, Colors section, in the lower right corner where you see the RGB numbers. Clicking that box, toggles the RGB and HSV color numbers off and on.
 

RGB Numbers
HSV Numbers

Below are the first few lines of two sample text files for the Color Sets named "72pencil.txt" and "Pantone.txt" (Painter 5 "Pantone Colors.txt"). It's the first one in the folder of Painter 6 Color Set text files located in the folder: Painter/Content Sampler/Color Sets/ (Painter 5/Extra Art Materials and, in Windows, type *.* to display .TXT files as Painter may be looking for .PCS files, then highlight the appropriate .TXT file and click the Open buton). When I opened these files in Windows Notepad, the text displayed in continuous lines and didn't make much sense. Then, I opened them in Windows Wordpad, which displays some formatting, and here's what I saw (Mac users will have to use equivalent text readers to see similar results):
 

ROWS 3
COLS 24
WIDTH 10
HEIGHT 32
TEXTHEIGHT 0
SPACING 1
R: 255, G:253, B:118 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 
R: 255, G:252, B:046 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 
R: 255, G:213, B:046 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 
R: 239, G:205, B:073 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 
R: 218, G:198, B:120 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 
R: 255, G:173, B:001 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 
R: 255, G:197, B:074 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 0 
 
1st 13 lines of  "72pencil.txt" Color Set file
ROWS 7
COLS 1
WIDTH 140
HEIGHT 30
TEXTHEIGHT 12
SPACING 1
R: 255, G:246, B:129 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 Pantone 100 CV
R: 255, G:251, B:107 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 Pantone 101 CV
R: 255, G:244, B:000 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 Pantone 102 CV
R: 255, G:238, B:000 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 Pantone Yellow CV 
R: 197, G:176, B:010 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 Pantone 103 CV
R: 164, G:147, B:000 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 Pantone 104 CV
R: 106, G:096, B:000 HV:0.00, SV:0.00, VV:0.00 Pantone 105 CV
 
1st 13 lines of "Pantone.txt" Color Set file
(Painter 5 "Pantone Colors.txt" Color Set file)

To load the "72pencil.txt" (or any) Color Set:

1.In the Art Materials palette, Color Sets section, click the Library button.

(In Painter 5, in the Art Materials palette, just above the Color icon, click the word Color to open the menu, then choose Load Color Set.) 

2.Type *.* and locate the file named "72pencil.txt" (or any other Color Set text file).

(In Painter 5, in the Extra Art Materials folder, type *.* and locate the Color Set text file named "Pantone Colors.txt", or any other Color Set text file.)

3.Highlight the file and click the Open button. The newly loaded Color Set will be displayed.
 

 
     
Painter 6 - "72pencil.txt"
Painter 6 - "Pantone.txt"
(Painter 5 - "Pantone Colors.txt")

 The next tutorial in this series will cover creating your own custom Color Sets.

Happy Coloring! :o)

NO THRU TRAFFIC
THIS ROAD IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
PLEASE EXIT USING ANOTHER LINK.
THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO SAFE DRIVING.
Jinny Brown, December 9, 2000
last modified September 17, 2002
PIXELALLEY HOME ODDS 'N' ENDS TUTORIALS TO PIXELALLEY SECTION LINKS PAGE

©1994 - 2002, Jinny Brown
e-mail

All Corel Painter screen prints on these pages are used with permission from Corel Corporation.