Distinguish values to get the exact color info

February 26, 2012

Requirements: CorelDraw and Adobe Photoshop
TOPIC LEVEL: Advance***

Most of the time we find hard to find the exact color of the image.Eventhough, we know some of familiar colors like the so-called ROYGBIV (Red, Orange Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet), we cannot apply such color in an image immediately using a mouse click. Like illustrated in this figure.

You will notice at first sight, you don’t know what is the color of the image. I said:”Ah! maybe it’s magenta”… My sister said:”No! it’s  brown”. Even in close view here in PC and in scan document, I cannot distinguish it also.

In Adobe Photoshop, we have a powerful tool to get the exact color of the image like the way you want it. It is called the eyedropper tool located at the tools palette of the application. Its function can be applied by using the tool itself and click in the location of the color you want to get.

Aside from that, you need to get the RGB and CMYK value of the image to get the exact color.

As you can see, the Color Picker gets the 4 fundamental values of color. The foreground color, hexadecimal, the RGB and the CMYK.  RGB stands for Red Green and Blue while CMYK stands for Cyan ,Magenta, Yellow and Black. The RGB Value is the screen resolution while the CMYK percentages are the printer’s ink colors. The RGB, Hexadecimal and CMYK values are proportional to foreground position.  When you adjust one of these values, automatically the position of the circle in the foreground color moves.

Every color we use in our daily work have its values. And using photoshop we can distinguish its values to get the exact color of a certain photo.

Now I get the color, what am I going to do? Hmmm..simple! The next thing is, proceed to the application that supports and read the value that we have in photoshop. Let’s try my favorite, CorelDraw.

Before we proceed, please take note that this next step is for CORELDRAW USERS only! OK!

Now, Open your document. For this example, I’m working on one of the official company ID of my client,

I recopy this image to illustrate the purpose of cross-reference between the two applications.

Now using Photoshop and Corel Draw, open this image in those two different application. Since this is an advance tutorial, no need to focus on how to open the document.


Once you open the document focus first in Photoshop. Use the eyedropper tool by clicking on it and in the picture itself. You will notice that once you click on the particular color, the foreground color change. Now click that foreground color. The color picker will appear. We will needs the color picker values to distinguish the unique and correct color between to different application.

As you look closely, you will notice that values included in the color picker are the values that are also included in Corel Draw environment. It’s up to you if you will use the RGB, CMYK, HSB or the Hexadecimal value.

Now let’s proceed to Corel Draw…


Press F6 to create a square beside the logo. And then double-click Fill color (bottom right corner). The one with X Mark.

Note: Actually, the colors at the corner are the CMYK colors pallete of of the fill color. But since the square is a new object and we will use a unidentified color, we will use this setting instead.

Now the Uniform Color will appear. This dialog box is equivalent to the Color Picker in Photoshop. You will notice the default values is CMYK.  But using the the dropdown list, you can choose RGB, HSB and others. Depends on your taste.

Back to Photoshop, copy the chosen type and values from the application to Corel. For example, if I choose the CMYK type with  34, 70, 54, 52 and paste it to the Uniform fill components value, you will notice that as you change the numbers, the cursor change place and the color change. Press OK to confirm changes.

That’s how you get the right color!

So long, net Lovers!


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