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Hex colors in swatch/picker

Jul 15, 2013 6:09 PM

I really thought this might have been addressed in this version, but maybe there's a hidden feature I am missing, because I find it hard to believe that even Adobe would neglect to incorporate such a fundamentally necessary function in the color workflow. How do I add a colour into the palette using a hex value? The DW picker seems to only allow selection of an existing color somewhere on the UI surface, no ability to enter a hex value anywhere. Selecting hex colour format in the palette options only enables the read-only value for the picker to show a hex value, no ability to change or enter a hex value here. The system color picker window (Windows) does not allow hex value entry either. Hex color values are the lingua franca of the web colour workflow, and it seems like nobody told the develop[ers at Adobe. Unless I am missing something - what might I be missing here?

 
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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    Jul 15, 2013 11:23 PM   in reply to dv8kiwi

    If you want to 'insert' hex value, DW CC gives you that option in 'Properties' panel:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 11.49.56 AM.png

     

    Clicking on the 'color' box will give you a palette/ swatch whereas clicking on the hex value will let you enter a new HEX value/ change the existing value.

     

    If you're looking at picking a color, yes - Windows color palette doesn't let you input Hex values - but FYI - Windows/ Mac/ Grayscale color options instead of default 'Color Cubes' that show up in DW are not web-safe and will result in drastic color changes across browsers/ devices.

     
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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    Jul 16, 2013 12:10 AM   in reply to dv8kiwi

    I understand your concern. Why dont you file a feature request here: http://adobe.com/go/wish

     

    Even Mac OS system color picker doesn't give you an option to enter a hex value.

     

    You could search for alternate color pickers to replace/ work alongside default system color pickers.

     

    And yes, we're no longer restricted to 256 color (216 pattern) as most modern devices today can display millions of colors but depending on what system/ display you're developing on viz the system/ display your end-user views it on, there will definitely be tiny differences - especially keeping various browser's rendering mechanisms and device color capacities in mind.

     
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:19 AM   in reply to dv8kiwi

    Hello,

     

    may I put in my two cents too? I for my part use a program which can propose color combinations and also "knows" what sorts of colors are "web-safe". You will find it here:
    http://www.colorschemer.com/
    and to pick up and to indentify colors, I use an appendix from colorschemer:
    http://www.colorschemer.com/colorpix_info.php

     

    Here some other links with useful color tools for creating entire harmonious color schemes e.g.

    http://www.tigercolor.com/

    https://kuler.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/

    http://alt-web.com/WebColorAssist.shtml

    http://alt-web.com/WebColorAssist.shtml

     

    and Articles, Tutorials on Color Management:

    http://websitetips.com/color/tutorials/#color-management-tutorials

     

    Hans-Günter

     
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    Jul 16, 2013 3:56 AM   in reply to dv8kiwi

    Hi,

     

    is it really such a problem, to use code view (so do I) in this case? On the other hand, motivated by your (and of many of us I'm sure) desire you could use:

     

    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform and have a look here: http://blogs.adobe.com/globalization/de/adobe-wish-form/

     

    Good luck!

    Hans-Günter

     
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    Jul 18, 2013 8:54 AM   in reply to dv8kiwi

    Hello,

     

    from reliable sources I became to know, that in one of next versions we will get the "ability to enter a hex value" and so too RGBA and HSLa by a mouse click.

     

    Hans-Günter

     
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