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Help for Colorist for Artists - get the most from your colorwheel software


Installing Colorist for Artists

  1. download the setup file form here
  2. run the setup file
  3. try the program, noting that artists' paint names are masked (with "xxxxxxx") until the application is activated
  4. if you choose to purchase Colorist for Artists, then you can make an online purchase here
  5. once you receive an email with the activation key from ShareIt Inc., do the following:
    • run Colorist for Artists and select Help...Activate Colorist for Artists
    • copy the key from the email (highlight and copy all lines in the key)
    • click on Paste and then wait until you see the message Acivation successful
    • click OK to close the activation window. Colorist for Artists is now fully functional.

Benefits of Colorist for Artists

  • Colorist for Artists is a unique adaptation of the most advanced scientific color appearance model (CIECAM02). It is therefore the most accurate color wheel available
  • Colorist for Artists is based upon a complete color system of approximately 7000 colors
  • these colors are accessible through a color wheel with 72 unique hue sectors, and for each hue there is a companion chroma-lightness chart that provides 100 variations of the selected hue. Therefore colors are viewed in 3 dimansions (hue, chroma and lightness), a system effectively the same as the hue, saturation and value model used by many artists.
  • Color Wheel for Artists has, additionally, a large artists paint database for watercolor, oil,, acrylic and qouache paint brands. These paint colors can be displayed on the color wheel, on the chroma-lightness chart, and in a separate paint list. Thus, for the first time, one can actually see how artists' paints are distributed across the most uptodate color wheel available anywhere.
  • the paint list provides the following information:
    • a color swatch. In most cases colors have been extracted from manufacturers' online color charts
    • the color's name
    • the color's paint brand (eg Winsor Newtion Artists' Watercolor)
    • the color's pigments
    • the transparency of the paint, if provided by manufacturer
    • the color's lightfastness rating
    • a color index uniques to the Colorist for Artists color system (hue index-chroma index-lightness index)
  • any paint color in the color list can be added to the current Color Schemer scheme by simply clicking on that color
  • the Color Schemer allows one to test out the selected colors by inserting them (or a chroma-lightness variant) into several simple test designs. One simply selects the desired color and then clicks on the area(s) of the test design that one wants to convert to that color
  • the My Palette function allows one to enter some or all of the paint colors that one actually has in one's paint collection. These colors can then be viewed on the visual color wheel and companion chroma lightness charts. This provides unique and never before available insight into one's palette coverage on the color wheel.
  • Match Color allows one to load an image (such as a photo, or image of a painting) and then find the closest available artists' color to any color selected on the image. Images can be loaded from a file, or pasted from the Windows clipboard.
  • the Pigmant Database contain all known pigments contained within the selected media collection (watercolor, oil, acrylic or gouache). Pigments are broken down into 9 color groups (red, orange, etc) and further into 1, 2, or 3+ pigment categories. If a paint color exists having the selected pigment and pigment count, then it will be displayed in a color list with color swatch, color and brand name, transparency and lightfastness attributes. For each individual pigment the table also displays common name, transparency and lightfastness.
  • the Mixing Color Wheel is an empirical design used to find a mixing complement of a given hue. The purpose of the complement being to reduce the chroma of the selected color, perhaps even to a netral gray (zero chroma)

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