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Using color graphics software programs requires more than 16 MB of RAM
to run efficiently. Files saved in color are also memory hungry. The most
basic color board is an 8-bit card supporting 256 colors onscreen
simultaneously. Each bit receives eight bits of information to display a color.
Colors boards containing 24-bits have the ability to produce 16.8 million
onscreen colors. These 24-bit cards create continuous colors that blend
smoothly. Increase shop versatility by installing a 2 MB 24-bit color card.
Computer color can be created in RGB (Red, Green, and Blue), CYMK
(Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, and Black), or Pantone color formats. RGB is the
format normally used on cathode-ray tubes in computer monitors. Colors
appear vivid and bright, but do not translate well into printed images.
CYMK is the format used when preparing artwork for print. CYMK color
appears less intense. Convert RGB color imagery to the CYMK format
before printing or initially create imagery in the CYMK color format.
Pantone color is used for spot color and should not be used in four-color
Illustrations resembling the high resolution of fine color photographs are
attainable using programmable color palettes. Onscreen color special effects
filters make it easier to mimic traditional art media and substrate surfaces.
CHARCOAL: To subtly add shade to color, use the CHARCOAL tool.
This replicates pastels in texture.
WETPAINT: This special effects tool keeps onscreen images fluid. Painted
areas in WETPAINT remain moveable and you are able to manipulate the
painted mass until saved.
OVERPAINT or UNDERPAINT: Similar to overpainting and under-painting
in the traditional media of watercolor, oil, and acrylic pigments, the
OVERPAINT or UNDERPAINT tools allow the application of colors over
and under already existing color.
WASH, SHADE, or STAIN: These effects simulate glazing in traditional art
media. Color applied by WASH, SHADE, or STAIN options appear in thin,
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