Colorize vs. Hue

Anyone who’s played with the separate functions of Colorize and Hue has, no doubt, seen that there’s a distinct difference, meaning there may be a reason to choose one over the other. Basically, Hue changes colors individually, while Colorize changes everything into a single color. Since a picture is worth a thousand words…


Original Graphic

Hue slider (still a color array, but they’ve all changed except for the center gray):

Hue slider

Colorize (now it’s all one color, including the center gray):




Hue (colors have changed, but not the grays and blacks):

Photo hue

Colorize (it’s now monochrome–there are no neutrals):

Photo colorized

Is one choice better than the other? Absolutely not. The Hue slider is often the better choice for graphics, but Colorize is usually better for photos. Using Colorize, for example, you can turn a modern, full-color photo into a sepia-tinted old photo. Using the Hue slider on a photo is likely to create something odd (orange eyes, perhaps?) unless you’re going for modern art. However, did you notice what Colorize did to the graphic? It wiped out every color except for red. Even the gray was turned red. Gray is the color of shadows, and so if you have a graphic that contains shading, stick with the Hue slider.

Published in: on December 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm  Comments Off on Colorize vs. Hue  
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Color-picking Chart

The little color wheel in ProShow is fine for changing the colors of solids, gradients, and text, but when you’re being very choosy about color, it’s nice to be able to see all the possibilities at the same time. Here’s what does the job for me:

Color Picker

For example, if I want to change a color solid, I bring up the options screen (standard size so the preview screen is visible), and then click on the “Color Picker” file in the folder list so it’s visible. When I edit the color solid, I can use the eyedropper to pick out just the color I want. It’s particularly great for creating consistent color schemes and for coloring text.

Want the color chart? Click on the image to download a much larger version of what you see here.

Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Unpicky Color Picker

EXAMPLE OF THE PROBLEM: You’re using captions that alternate between pink and blue. You create a pink caption, add another line and make it blue, then add a third line. ProShow says it’s blue, so you use the eyedropper to pick off the pink in the first caption. Lo and behold, the third caption is pink, but it isn’t the right pink. You resort to manually typing in the hex numbers. You can live with this, but for how long if you have lots and lots of such captions across an array of slides?

THE SOLUTION: Choose your colors beforehand. Create a temporary slide with two color solids, each representing the two colors you want in the captions. Move the top layer across the screen so it’s half one color and half the other. Create your caption slide, click on the temporary slide so it’s showing in the preview screen, and then use one side or the other to pick up the correct color. It’ll be right on the money. Delete that temporary slide only when you’re absolutely sure you’ll never need it again.

Why I think the problem exists: The eyedropper is averaging color, meaning that it picks up a color that’s an average of a certain number of pixels surrounding the spot you’ve clicked. With that half-and-half screen, the eyedropper is averaging identical pixels.

If it’s 3 or more colors you need, set up the temporary slide with more color solids and move them so all are visible.

(Though captions are a common color problem, it can occur whenever you need precision.)

Published in: on December 15, 2010 at 9:34 am  Comments Off on The Unpicky Color Picker