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9 0 G R A P H I C S P R O • J U N E 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M B U S I N E S S S T R A T E G I E S Fig. 2: The fill layer icon is found at the bottom of the Layers panel. Fig. 3: The Color Picker determines the color of a solid color fill layer. Fig. 4: The layer mask and the red fill layer icon showing the effect of the color filtered through a soft light blend mode. e horizontal axis of the square field controls the saturation of the color from white, black, or gray (zero percent satu- ration) on the left to 100 percent inten- sity on the right. e vertical axis of the square controls the brightness of the color, from brightest at the top to darkest at the bottom. Click and drag anywhere on the square to select the saturation and brightness of the hue. Two color swatches to the right of the saturation/brightness square indi- cate the former color on the bottom, with the new color that you chose on the top. Modifications can be made by moving the little circle on the square field or entering numerical values in any one of the four color mode fields. Click OK to apply the color to the fill layer. Layer mask e new fill layer that appears in the Layers panel has a layer mask linked to it and is represented by the thumbnail to the left of the layer's name. If you draw a selection prior to creating a fill layer, the new fill layer will fill only the selected area and create a layer mask that conceals the unselected areas. e layer mask thumbnail that appears in the Layers panel displays the revealed area as a white shape and the masked area as a black shape. Fig. 4 shows the layer mask and the red fill layer icon. e color is filtered through a soft light blend mode. Color Picker e Color Picker (Fig. 3) is then dis- played. e Color Picker is an efficient way to apply the three characteristics of a solid color (hue, saturation, and bright- ness) to the fill layer. Here's how the Color Picker works… e color ramp in the middle of the picker determines the hue. It is actually a color wheel that's been cut at the red point, or 0/360 degrees. Drag the slider on the ramp to the desired hue. You'll notice that, as you drag, the large square field at the left changes color.

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