Inkscape Tutorial-How to Pick and Change Colors

In this video I show you how pick colors with the eyedropper tool, the color wheel, color numbers, or from existing color palettes.

Photo in video used under license  GFDL 1.2,  found on Wikipedia/Wikimedia: “ Lavandula,” by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos at

Lavender Nature Palettes created by Crystal Gillis, Images Clip Art, feel free to use the colors for any of your designs or projects.

Overview (after importing or pasting a vector graphic):

To Change the color using an existing color palette:

1. Choose the object by clicking on the select tool and then clicking on the object.

2.At the bottom of the screen there is a color palette, if all the colors don’t fit on the screen there will be a scroll bar to see all the colors within the palette. Once you find a color you want just click on it.

3. If you want to change the palette, click on the tiny arrow at the end or to the right of the palette to bring up a list of different palettes, choose the palette you want then follow steps 1 and 2.

To pick your own color from the color wheel, sliders or by entering color numbers:

1. Click on the stroke area on the bottom left, <or the shortcut is shift ctrl F> and this will open the stroke and fill dialog window near the top and to the right of your canvas.

2. Click on the Fill Icon Tab at the top of the dialog window.

3.Choose Wheel in the tabs, or any of the other tabs and either pick, fine tune your color further, or enter your own rgb or cmyk profiles.  There are also HSL and CMS options here if you need to work with those.  You can use the little slider arrows within the color bars to fine tune even more.

To pick up a color from a photo or other image or object:

1. Click on the object that you’d like to change the color of.

2.Press the F7 key to change your pointer into an eyedropper.

3. Click on the color you want from within the image.  This will change your objects color.  Additionally you can sample and mix a larger area of colors (to get one resulting color) by clicking and dragging.  You’ll see a circle encompassing an area to sample as you drag.  This is helpful when you are using a bitmap photo which may have areas that look like one color, but really, close up, you’ll see many different colors, usually slight various shades.





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