Working with other applications
Here are some hints on how to get the most out of ColorImpact when working with other applications. You can export your color palette in a number of ways. Below is a diagram showing the available options with some of the most popular applications.
How to copy hex color values from ColorImpact
There are three ways to copy colors in hex format from ColorImpact:
- From the main application
- From the QuickPalette icon in the system tray
- From the ColorBar floating palette
We will describe each method in turn.
Simply click with the right mouse button on any color swatch, and select copy color from the popup menu.
You can copy the hex value of a color from:
- the color palette
- the color wheel and color formula swatches
- any color swatch on the variations screen
- any color swatch on the test pattern screen
Click with the right mouse button on the QuickPalette icon in the system tray and select a color from Copy Color Value sub menu:
Note: The QuickPalette is disabled by default. To enable it, select Settings... from the Edit menu and make sure the Enable ColorImpact QuickPalette in the system tray is checked.
Finally you can launch the ColorImpact ColorBar to keep your color palette floating as a handy toolbar within your image editing application.
Just click on a color swatch in the color bar to copy the hex value to the clipboard.
Note: The ColorBar can be launched by one of these methods:
- Double click the ColorImpact icon in the system tray
- Click on the ColorBar button in ColorImpact.
- Select "ColorImpact Floating Toolbar" from the start menu.
With many applications, the quickest and most convenient way to use colors from ColorImpact, is to copy the colors to the clipboard as a bitmap and paste it into the application. You can the use a color picker tool to pick the colors directly from the bitmap.
To copy the color palette, click with the right mouse button, and select Copy All Swatches from the popup menu.
You can then paste the entire bitmap into, Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash etc.
In the same manner you can copy the color wheel and color formula swatches as well as the test patterns.
When you design a color scheme for a web site, it can be useful to export your palette as a cascading style sheet.
Select File > Export > Style Sheet... and specify a file name for the style sheet. The resulting style sheet can then be imported into FrontPage, Dreamweaver, GoLive, TopStyle etc.
Sample style sheet exported from ColorImpact:
A convenient way of keeping an oververview of the color scheme for a web site is to export it as a color spec sheet.
Select File > Export > Html Spec Sheet... and specify a file name of the html page. The resulting page can then be opened in your web browser and printed. You can also open the page and edit it further in FrontPage, Dreamweaver, GoLive etc.
To see a sample Color Spec Sheet, click here