Using the Color Palette

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In the Pixel Editor's Effect Generator, choose the colors for the effect by clicking the checkboxes next to the desired colors. Not all effects use every chosen color. For example, the Color Wash effect only uses the first selected color. The Butterfly effect doesn’t use any. If you haven’t selected any checkboxes, the default color will be white.


The palette is fixed at 6 entries (buttons), but each palette button can be set to a color of your choosing. Simply click on the color (not the checkbox), and a color selector will open allowing you to choose a custom color.


For some effects, color order is important. Color order can be changed by dragging a color to a new location. To start dragging, you need to click on a gray section of the square you want to move. You then need to drop it on top of another color square. When you do, the colors will rearrange.


There are 2 palette modes.



By default, the Effect Generator will use Unicolor mode. In this mode, each of the 6 colors stays the same during the course of an effect. This is what the palette looks like in Unicolor mode:



In the second mode you can specify a start and end color for each palette square. In this mode, each palette square contains two color entries: the one on the left is the start color, the one on the right is the end color. These can be set separately. So for example, if you are doing a Color Wash effect, you can start off blue and transition to white by setting the left color to blue and the right one to white (in the same color square). This is what the color palette looks like in Start/End mode:



Palettes can be saved for later reuse. Click the small star with a down arrow next to it and choose Save Palette from the menu. Similarly, call up a saved palette by selecting Load Palette from the same menu.  The Manage Palettes function allows you to rename, copy, and delete the saved palettes.




Selecting Manage Palettes will allow you to copy, remove, or rename your previously saved palettes.  Each palette consists of 6 entries, which are shown to the right of the palette name. If an entry is split into 2 parts, the left part is the color at the start of an effect and the right part is the color that applies at the end of an effect.