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Building a Color Theme for the Painting

With the still life in place, I used the Mixer to mix colors for the painting based on more saturated versions of the colors in the still life. With the Mixer panel, Painter gives you an experience similar to dipping your brush in mixed colors and then applying the paint to your image. (If the Mixer is not visible, choose Window > Color Panels > Mixer.)

When applying your colors onto the Mixer Pad, you can choose a color from the Color panel or from the color wells at the top of the Mixer, or you can sample color from an image by using the Dropper in the Toolbox. Apply color with the Add Color tool (second from the left) at the bottom of the Mixer Pad. Active by default, the Dirty Brush mode allows you to mix new colors easily with color you have previously applied to the Mixer Pad. In Figure 3, the Dirty Brush mode and Sample Color tools are selected in the Mixer.

Figure 3

Figure 3 The Mixer panel and Color panel can be dragged off the panel group and placed side by side. At right, the Sample Color tool is chosen in the Mixer panel, and the Dirty Brush mode is active.

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