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How to create custom colors

The version of SketchBook you are using will determine the tools available to create custom colors. They all have a Color Editor with a Color Wheel; however, some have a single Color Puck, there another has the Double Puck. See the sections below for more information.

To create custom colors, use either a color puck or wheel. You will need to change one or more of the following:

  • Hue – this is the color. Think red, green, or yellow.
  • Saturation – this is the intensity or pureness of the hue (color). Sometimes this is referred to as the chroma. If you have a true blue, with no gray added to the color, it has a saturation of 100% (pure blue). If it has a saturation of 0%, you would have a medium gray. Think of 100% saturation as bright and vivid, where as the saturation decreases, the color becomes duller.
  • Luminance – this is also known as brightness. If you have a true red, with no white added to the color, it has a luminance of 0%. As you add white to it, the luminance increases. An average pink might have 50% luminance, where a white would be 100% luminance.

Creating a custom color in SketchBook for Desktop

There are a few ways to create a custom color:

Using the Color Puck

If the puck is not visible, to access it, select Window > Color Puck. Tap-drag right and left to quickly change the saturation.

Color Puck saturation

Tap-drag up and down to quickly change the luminance of the color.

Color Puck luminance

Using the Color Puck to access the Color Wheel

Create a custom color
Created by Matthew Watkins with SketchBook

f the puck is not visible, to access it, select Window > Color Puck. Tap the Color Puck to access the Color Wheel and mix a color of your own.

Using the Color Editor

To access the Color Editor, do one of the following:

  • In the toolbar, tap  Colors icon in the lagoon in SketchBook.
  • in the lagoon, tap Open Color Editor icon.
  • Select Window > Color Editor.

Color Wheel in SketchBook for DesktopFor Windows users, drag the indicator within the ring to change the hue of a color (like from green to red). Drag the handle within the diamond to change saturation and luminance. Drag right or left to change the saturation. Drag up or down to change the luminance of the color.System Color Editor

For Mac users using the System Color Editor, drag within the Color Wheel (5) to select the hue and luminance of a color and drag the slider (3) below it to change the saturation.

Creating a custom color in SketchBook for Mobile

There are a few ways to create a custom color:

Using the bottom half of the Double Puck

Do one of the following, if the Double Puck is not already visible:

  • For SketchBook v.4.0 or above users, tap Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad, then flick toward  Double Puck icon in the toolbar in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook.
  • For mobile users of SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below, tap clutch to access the Double Puck.
  • For tablet users of SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below, in the toolbar, tap Double Puck icon in the toolbar in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook to access the Double Puck.

Do one or more of the following:

  • Change color saturation
    From within the bottom section of the puck, tap-drag right to increase color saturation and left to decrease it.
  • Change color brightness (luminance)
    From within the bottom section of the puck, tap-drag top to increase color luminance/brightness and bottom to decrease it.
  • Access the Color Editor
    From within the Double Puck, tap the bottom section to open the Color Editor.

Using the Color Editor for SketchBook v.4.0 or above users

Do one of the following:

  • For tablet users with SketchBook v.4.0 or above, to access the Color Editor, at the bottom of the Layer Editor, tap  Color Editor icon, then tap the current color at the top of the newly changed editor.
  • For tablet user with their UI hidden, using SketchBook v.4.0 or above, with one hand tap-hold the Trigger Trigger icon in the Autodesk SketchBook 64-bit iOS version and drag to select Color from the menu. With the other, make changes or select colors.
  • For handheld device users with SketchBook v.4.0 or above, to access the Color Editor, in the toolbar, tap Color Editor icon.

Do any of the following in the Color Editor:

  • Tap-drag within the diamond to change the saturation and luminance.
  • Tap-drag within the ring to change the hue.
  • Tap HSLRGB, or Randomize icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook, then tap-drag the sliders to change or Randomize the values.
  • Tap The Color Picker in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook, then select a color from your canvas. Use the sliders or Color Wheel to further customize the color.

Using the Color Editor for SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users

  1. Tap Color Editor icon.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Tap-drag within the diamond to change the saturation and luminance.
    • Tap arrow, then tap-drag the sliders to change the RGBHSB, or Randomize values.
    • Tap-drag within the ring to change the hue.

Using the Brush Palette to access the Color Editor

Accessing the Color Editor from the Brush Palette in SketchBook v.3.7.4For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below, in the Brush Palette, tap the current color swatch. In the Color Editor, drag the indicator within the ring to change the hue of a color (like from green to red). Drag the handle within the diamond to change saturation and luminance. Drag right or left to change the saturation. Drag up or down to change the luminance of the color.

Creating a custom color in SketchBook for Windows 10

There are a few ways to create a custom color:

Using the Color Puck

Create the perfect color with the Color Puck.

Color Puck - changing saturation and luninance

In the Color Puck, tap-drag right and left to quickly change the saturation or up and down for luminance.

Tap the center of the Color Puck to open the Color Wheel and access the Color Picker. Tap-drag within the wheel to create a color. or tap Color Picker in SketchBook for Windows Tablet to use the Color Picker.

Color Wheel when accessed from the Color Puck in SketchBook

Using the Color Editor

Do one of the following:

  • If the Color Editor is not open, but the Color Puck is, tap Switch to Color Editor to switch to the Color Editor.
  • If the neither the Color Puck or Color Editor are open, in the toolbar, tap and select Color Editor. Tap Switch to Color Editor to switch to the Color Editor.

In the Color Wheel on the editor, drag the indicator within the ring to change the hue of a color (like from green to red). Drag the handle within the diamond to change saturation and luminance. Drag right or left to change the saturation. Drag up or down to change the luminance of the color.

Updated on November 6, 2017

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