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Hi,

Paint.Net seems great, but the color-picker (wheel) baffles me.

For example, I wanted to select a dark blue color. There is no dark blue on the wheel---nor any other dark color that I can see. The colors only go from white (near the center) to fully saturated colors (around the rim).

I imported a screenshot containing a dark blue color, and selected the color with the Eyedropper tool. Paint.Net showed the correct color, but the selection point on the color wheel moved to halfway between white and full blue. What's more, when I moved the selection point, then put it back to approximately the same place on the wheel, I now had a light blue. WTF? Will someone please explain what I'm so obviously overlooking?

Thanks, ander

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Thanks for the replies, guys.

Before switching to Paint.NET, I used an older version of PaintShop Pro. It had a color-picker that showed not only every color, but their entire dark-to-light ranges too. (See http://www.baycongroup.com/paint_shop_p ... .htm#Panel at the "Color Panel" section.) This was very intuitive; you just clicked the general color you wanted, then dragged your mouse pointer to fine-tune your choice. (Of course you could also type in specific color-codes if you knew them.)

I knew about Paint.NET's "More..." section, but it looked like it just allowed you to type in specific codes and to use the sliders to adjust them.

Now I realize that "HSV" means "Hue, Saturation, Value." So to make your selected color darker, you move the V slider to the left.

I don't suppose users are expected to automatically know that. But hey, successful computing is full of such bits of geekness. So there you go---once you know it, you know it.

Cheers, ander

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I don't suppose users are expected to automatically know that. But hey, successful computing is full of such bits of geekness.

Fact is, most people who don't know about it don't need it - you're smarter than most. :-)

 

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