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The Advanced Color Selector


As compared to other color selectors in Krita, Advance color selector provides more control and options to the user.

To open Advance color selector choose Settings > Docker > Advance Color Selector.

You can configure this docker by clicking on the little wrench icon on the top left corner.

Clicking on the wrench will open a popup window with following tabs and options :


When widget gets shrunken

This determines the behavior of the widget as it become smaller.

Zoom selectors

If your have set the docker size considerably smaller to save space, this option might be helpful to you. This allows you to set whether or not the selector will give a zoomed view of the selector in a size specified by you, you have these options for the zoom selector:

  • when pressing middle mouse button,
  • on mouse over,
  • never

The size given here, is also the size of the Main Color Selector and the MyPaint Shade Selector when they are called with shift+I and shift+M, respectively.

Hide Pop-up on click
This allows you to let the pop-up selectors called with the above hotkeys to dissapear upon clicking them instead of having to leave the pop-up boundary. This is useful for faster working.

Color Space

This allows you to set the overal color space for the Advanced Color Selector.

Color Selector

Here you configure the main selector.

Type and Shape

Krita Color Selector Types.PNG

Here you can pick the hsx model you'll be using. There's a small blurb explaining the characteristic of each model, but let's go into detail:

Stands for Hue, Saturation, Value. Saturation determines the difference between white, grey, black and the most colorful color. Value in turn measures either the difference between black and white, or the difference between blakc and the most colorful color.
Stands for Hue, Saturation, Lightness. All saturated colors are equal to 50% lightness. Saturation allows for shifting between grey and color.
This stands for Hue, Saturation and Intensity. Unlike HSL, this one determine the intensity as the sum of total rgb components. Yellow(1,1,0) has higher intensity than blue(0,0,1) but is the same intensity as cyan(0,1,1).
Stands for Hue, Saturation, Luma, with Luma being an RGB approximation of true luminosity. (Luminosity being the measurement of relative lightness). HSY' uses the Luma Coefficients, like Rec 709, to calculate the Luma. Due to this, HSY' can be the most intuitive selector to work with, or the most confusing.

Then, under shape, you can select one of the shapes available within that colour model.

Triangle is in all colour models because to a certain extent, it is a wildcard shape: All colour models look the same in a equilateral triangle selector.

Luma Coefficients

This allows you to edit the Luma coefficients to your leisure. Want to use Rec 601 instead of Rec 709? These boxes allow you to do that!

By default, the Luma coefficients should add up to 1 at maximum.

Shade selector

Shade selector options. The shade selectors are useful to decide upon new shades of color.

Update Selector

This allows you to determine when the shade selector updates.

MyPaint Shade Selector

Ported from MyPaint, and extended with all color models. Default hotkey is Shift+M

Simple Shade Selector

This allows you to configure the simple shade selector in detail.

Color Patches

This sets the options of the color patches.

Both Color History and Colors From the Image have similar options which will be explained below.

This is a radio button to show or hide the section. It also determines whether or not the colors are visible with the advanced color selector docker.
The size of the color boxes can be set here.
Patch Count
The number of patches to display.
The direction of the patches, Horizontal or Vertical.
Allow Scrolling
Whether to allow scrolling in the section or not when there are too many patches.
Number of Columns/Rows
The number of Columns or Rows to show in the section.
Update After Every Stroke
This is only available for Colors From the Image and tells the docker whether to update the section after every stroke or not, as after each stroke the colors will change in the image.

History patches

The history patches remember which colors you've drawn on canvas with. They can be quickly called with H

Common Patches

The common patches are generated from the image, and are the most common colour in the image. The hotkey for them on canvas is U.

Color Sliders

This determines the visible sliders in the color slider docker.

External Info

HSI and HSY for Krita’s advanced colour selector.

This page was last modified on 9 July 2015, at 22:01. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.