What color is it, When I start a new painting from a photo, especially my still life projects,  I generally get the temperature by using Irfan View (always free) photo editor  I crop an area to see what my colors are going to be by creating a white area within the photo. Now with the color picker I click on areas of the photo and using a brush place that color to the left and then indicate where that color is located I use the straight line tool as a pointer.

Using these color swatches allows me to compare color temps, values and intensity of the remaining  colors in the photo for my painting. If I have doubt, I just make another swatch..

Now I save my work, repeat on other areas of the photo doing the same thing. After I finish I will print these out on Kodak glossy paper for reference when mixing colors and where they are located within the painting.

It has been a spell since I have posted anything I would consider helpful. Hope you enjoy.


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Comment by Jim Moyer on October 30, 2012 at 8:01

Linda, I am not sure if it is an ap. All I know it is a great editor that I have used for many years.

Comment by Linda Hearn on October 26, 2012 at 16:22

this is very interesting -- I have trouble seeing values.  I'll have to try this Irfan View.  Is it an ap?


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