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How to make color adjustments to a layer

The version of SketchBook you are using will determine the tools available for color adjustment. In some cases, there will be tools within the Layer Menu for this.

Making color adjustments in SketchBook for Desktop

In the SketchBook for Desktop version, to do color adjustments, you can used the Image > Adjust options or use layer blending (see Layer Blending in SketchBook for Desktop).

Color correcting images (Pro)

Not available to Free users

Use the Image > Adjust options to color correct an image. There must be an image on the canvas for this option to be available. In the examples below, the left side shows an Adjust option applied to the original image (right side). Choose from the following options: 

Brightness/Contrast – Make colors pop. Increase the contrast to make colors richer. Decreasing it to wash them out for images that text can be placed over top. Increase brightness to bring out details from darker areas. Decrease it to melt away darker aspects of an image and shift the focus to things that are bright.

Brightness/Contrast example 

Hue/Saturation – Change the color range, increase or decrease the purity of a color or brilliance of the colors. Adds/subtracts color (hue) or adjusts the relative amount of color (saturation) in each pixel.

Hue/Saturation example 

Color Balance – Remove unwanted color casts by lights or inclement weather conditions by adjusting the cyan, red, magenta, green, yellow, and blue in each pixel.

Color Balance example

Grayscale – Change a color image to one that uses black, white, and various shapes of gray by removing all color from the image.

Grayscale example  

Invert – Switch the contrast of an image. Change black elements to white and white to black to create an opposite image. Convert color information for each pixel to its complementary color.

Invert example for color correct

You can also use layer blending to make color, tonal, or effects changes to an image. See Layer Blending for more information.

Making color adjustments in SketchBook for Mobile

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above users
Do you want to make changes to your image, but without redoing the colors? If so, try the two color adjustment tools in the Layer MenuHSL Adjustment and Color Balance. Use HSL Adjustment to change the hue, saturation, and luminance of a layer. Use Color Balance to tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens of the shadows, midtones, and highlights in a layer.

HSL Adjustment

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above users, use HSL Adjustment to make the content of a layer warmer, cooler, lighter, or darker. Do you want to change the hues? You can do that, as well. As you change the hue, saturation, and luminance, using the HSL Adjustment sliders, your image instantly updates.

Color adjustments with HSL Adjustment in SketchBook for Mobile

  1. Tap a selected a layer or double-tap an unselected layer to open the Layer Menu.
  2. From the Layer Menu, tap HSL Adjustment.
  3. Tap-drag the sliders. The top slider changes the hue, the middle the saturation, and the bottom the luminance.
  4. When finished, tap Done, found in the top right corner to return to your drawing.

Color Balance

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above users, use Color Balance to tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens of the shadows, midtones, or highlights.

Color Balance in SketchBook for mobile: Tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens of the shadows, midtones, or highlights.

  1. Tap a selected a layer or double-tap an unselected layer to open the Layer Menu.
  2. From the Layer Menu, tap Color Balance.
  3. Select one of the following options from the top of your screen: ShadowsMidtones, and Highlights. Your selection determines which elements are affected by your changes.
    • If you select Shadows, as you tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens, you’ll notice they are only applied to the darkest parts of the layer.
    • If you select Midtones, as you tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens, you’ll notice they are only applied to the mid tone values of the layer.
    • If you select Highlights, as you tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens, you’ll notice they are only applied to the lightest parts of the layer.
  4. Tap-drag the sliders. The top slider changes the reds, the middle the greens, and the bottom the blues.
  5. When finished, tap Done, found in the top right corner to return to your drawing.

Making color adjustments in SketchBook for Windows 10 (Pro)

Do you want to make changes to your image, but without redoing the colors? If so, try the two color adjustment tools in the Layer MenuHSL Adjustment and Color Balance. Use HSL Adjustment to change the hue, saturation, and luminance of a layer. Use Color Balance to tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens of the shadows, midtones, and highlights in a layer.

HSL Adjustment

Use HSL Adjustment to make the content of a layer warmer, cooler, lighter, or darker. Do you want to change the hues? You can do that, as well. As you change the hue, saturation, and luminance, using the HSL Adjustment sliders, your image instantly updates.

HSL adjustment in SketchBook for Windows 10

  1. In the toolbar, tap Color Adjustment icon, then HSL Color Adjustment tool in SketchBook for Windows 10.
  2. Tap-drag the sliders. The top slider changes the hue, the middle the saturation, and the bottom the luminance.
  3. When finished, tap Done, found in the top right corner to return to your drawing.

Color Balance

Use Color Balance to tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens of the shadows, midtones, or highlights.

Color Balance tool in SketchBook for Windows 10

  1. In the toolbar, tap Color Adjustment icon, then Color Adjustment Color Balance tool in SketchBook for Windows 10.
  2. Select one of the following options from the top of your screen: ShadowsMidtones, and Highlights. Your selection determines which elements are affected by your changes.
    • If you select Shadows, as you tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens, you’ll notice they are only applied to the darkest parts of the layer.
    • If you select Midtones, as you tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens, you’ll notice they are only applied to the mid tone values of the layer.
    • If you select Highlights, as you tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens, you’ll notice they are only applied to the lightest parts of the layer.
  3. Tap-drag the sliders. The top slider changes the reds, the middle the greens, and the bottom the blues.
  4. When finished, tap Done, found in the top right corner to return to your drawing.

 

Updated on November 1, 2017

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