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Digital Print | 14: Quick Colourways • Selecting Colours |
  There are three methods for selecting colours in Quick Colourways:
   
1. From any colour file
   
2. From the active palette.
   
3. From the selected colour picker.
   
   
  RECOLOURING FROM A COLOUR FILE
   
  Colours can be created and stored in a colour file, then be applied to designs. Using a colour file to recolour a design is particularly useful if you know the reference name of a colour.
   
1. Double click on the first colour chip in the Colourway palette. The software will automatically switch to ColourSys and go to the closest colour in the selected colour file.
 
   
 
   
2. Move around in the colour file to choose your new colour.
   
3. Highlight your prefered colour in the colour file and click OK. The software will automatically switch back to AVA and the layer chip will display the new colour.
 
   
   
  RECOLOURING FROM THE ACTIVE PALETTE
   
  The active colour file can also be accessed directly from the Colourway layer chips as a palette of colours. Viewing the colour file as a palette is advantageous if you want to see all the colours in the colour file at once.
   
1. Click and hold on a colour chip in the Colourway palette. The palette will appear for as long as the cursor is held down.
 
   
 
   
2. While holding, drag over the palette to select a colour. The chosen colour will be highlighted in the palette and the layer colour will change once the cursor is released.
 
   
   
  RECOLOURING USING THE SELECTED COLOUR PICKER
   
  Colours are chosen from the selected colour picker to provide a bigger range of colours than a basic colour file, because colour pickers hold millions of screen colours. The brightness, hue and saturation of the colour can be changed on screen. As picker colours only have screen values, they can be linked back to a colour file for accurate colour matching to the print.
   
1. Hold down the Option key and click on one of the colour chips in the Colourway palette. A colour picker will open on screen. If the colour in the picker starts off black, increase the lightness bar to reveal brighter colours.
 
   
 
   
2. Move the cursor around the picker or alter the settings in the window to choose a new colour. The colours you click on in the window will update simultaneously in the design so there is no need to
commit to a colour until you like its effect in the design.
 
   
3. Click OK to accept the chosen colour. The new colour will be named ‘Picker’ as it has been chosen
from a colour picker.
   
  Note: If you double click on the layer chip of the new picker colour, the software will find the closest named colour in the active colour file. Click OK if the named colour is acceptable.
   
   
  Transferring Colours
   
  COPYING AND PASTING COLOURS
   
  Existing colours in a design can be used to quickly create alternative Colourways of the same design or related Colourways on co-ordinating designs. This enables you to experiment with the same colours on different layers.
   
  Copying and pasting is simplest when two or more Colourways are visible on screen.
   
   
  TO COPY ONE COLOUR
   
1. Add two Colourways to the page.
   
2. Click on the colour chip to be copied in the first Colourway.
   
3. Choose Edit > Copy.
   
4. Click on the colour chip to be changed in the second Colourway.
   
5. Choose Edit > Paste. The colour should now be visible in both Colourways.
   
   
  TO COPY MORE THAN ONE COLOUR
   
1. Click on one of the colour chips to be copied.
   
2. Hold down the Shift key and click on the other colours to be copied. They should all become highlighted.
 
   
3. Choose Edit > Copy.
   
4. Select the same number of colours in the second Colourway.
   
5. Choose Edit > Paste.
   
   
  TO COPY COLOURS FROM ONE DESIGN TO ANOTHER
   
1. Open the Quick Colourways windows for two different designs.
   
2. Click on the colours to be copied from the first design.
   
3. Choose Edit > Copy.
   
4. Click in the Quick Colourways window of the second design and select the colour chips to be changed.
   
5. Choose Edit > Paste. Both designs will now display the same set of colours.
   
   
  COPYING AND PASTING COLOURWAYS
   
  All of the Colourways saved with a particular design can be copied and pasted to another design. This can be extremely helpful if, for example, you want to copy a complete range of Colourways to a co-ordinating design.
   
1. View your design in the Quick Colourways window and make sure all the layers are visible and active.
   
2. Highlight all the colour chips.
   
3. Choose Colourways > Copy All Colourways.
   
4. Open the design you wish to copy the colours to and open its Quick Colourways window.
   
5. Make all the layers visible and active.
   
6. Highlight all the colour chips.
   
7. Choose Colourways > Paste All Colourways.
   
  Every Colourway that you created in the original design will be transferred to the second design.
   
  Note: If there are any Colourways in the destination file when you choose Paste all Colourways, they will be over written by the copied Colourways.
   
   
  DRAGGING AND DROPING COLOURS
   
  Colours can be copied between layers, Colourways and designs by dragging and dropping them. It can be a useful way of moving colours to test different colour combinations without having to copy and paste them.
   
  The Drag and Drop features works not only with images and layers but also with colours. It is really straightforward to use and can be done in the Design window or in the Quick Colourways window.
   
  Before using the Drag and Drop function, you need to activate or adjust its settings located in AVA > Preferences > Layer Palette... > Drag and Drop or in the side menu of the Layers window and select Layer Palette Preferences... > Drag and Drop.
   
 
   
  Activate the Spring-loaded documents option. Without this, it would not be possible to drag and drop colours between files.
   
  The delay of the Spring-loaded document option depends on the setting selected in the Layer Palette Preferences. Simply adjust the slider to make it faster or slower.
   
  The Dropped Layers option does not apply to dragging and dropping colours between files.
   
  Tip If you want to make sure you are not dragging and dropping layers instead of colours, set your Dropped Layers option to Ignore.
   
   
  DRAG AND DROP A COLOUR INTO ANOTHER FILE
   
  In this example, we have activated the Spring-loaded documents option and set Dropped Layers to Ignore.
   
   
  From one Design window to another:
   
1. Before dragging a layer, make sure you have easy access to the destination file. You might prefer to reduce the size of the windows or use the Tile Windows option in order to view the destination file.
 
   
2. Position the cursor over the colour you want to move, click and hold, then drag away towards another Design window of a different file.
 
   
3. After a few seconds, the destination document will appear in front of all open files.
   
4. Now go to the Layers window, place and drop the colour on top of an existing one. `The blue outline around the layer colour indicates where the colour will be dropped.
 
   
   
  From a Design window to a Quick Colourways window:
   
1. Before dragging a layer, make sure you have easy access to the destination file. You might prefer to reduce the size of the windows or use the Tile Windows option in order to view the destination file.
 
   
2. Position the cursor over the colour you want to move, click and hold, then drag away towards a Quick Colourways window of a different file.
 
   
3. After a few seconds, the destination document will appear in front of all open files.
   
4. Now place the colour over a chip in the colour palette of a Quick Colourways object and drop the colour on top of it. The blue outline around the colour indicates where the colour will be dropped.
 
   
  Dragging and dropping works in exactly the same way in Quick Colourways as it does anywhere else in the software. Click on a colour chip in the palette and drag it to another colour chip. The colour will be moved to the new location but will also remain on the original chip.
   
  You cannot move more than one colour at once by dragging and dropping.
   

 

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