Displaying HTML Color Codes

Created as a Quick Guide in 2003 Copyright SuzShook
Made a "Version-Independent" Tutorial March 2009
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This tutorial was originally published as a Quick Guide in 2003. With the demise of the Quick Guide capability in PSP, this Quick Guide is being re-published as a mini-tutorial!

This tutorial will show you how to display color codes in hexademal format in PSP.

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, then revised for PSP 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

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Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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Color codes in PSP ToolTips can be configured to display in hexadecimal format - just the format most tutorial writers use in their tutorials. For instance, white is #FFFFFF, and black is #000000. In the past, I always opened the Color dialog to determine the hexadecimal format for colors I wanted to share, until I discovered this tip.

To set your system up to display colors in hexadecimal format, open the Preferences dialog by choosing File...Preferences...General Program Preferences.

Click Palettes.

Version Note: In PSP X+, click Palettes in the leftmost panel of the dialog. In PSP 8 and 9, click the Palettes tab.

In the Materials Palette panel, make sure both the Display colors in RGB format and the Hexadecimal display check boxes are checked.

palettes tab - partial image

To ensure the color dropper tooltips are enabled, click Display and Caching.

Version Note: In PSP X+, click Display and Caching in the leftmost panel of the dialog. In PSP 8 and 9, click the Display and Caching tab.

In the Presentation panel, make sure the Display all color dropper tooltips check box is checked.

display and caching tab - partial image

Click OK button to exit dialog and save changes.


Open an image so you can check the colors.

Choose the Dropper tool dropper (E).

When you want to see the HTML code for a color you're using in a tutorial, all you have to do is hover over the color with the Dropper tool and the hexadecimal/HTML code will display:

html sample

The HTML code for the color in this image is #8EA791.

Here's another example:

html sample

The HTML code for the color in this image is #0B562D.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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