The Color Tool lets you customize element colors with a color wheel or eyedropper, customize their light and dark values, make swatches and select from Brand Colors, sample colors from your device and more.
Learn how to use the Color Tool features and make your designs come to life through color.
Find the Color Tool in the top toolbar
The Color Tool icon appears in the top toolbar when you select any element on the design canvas that has a customizable color (this includes icons, symbols, tables, smart widgets, text boxes, etc.).
The Color Tool icon appears as a square with the color of the element, and a tear-drop or droplet shape in the middle:
Find the icon in the top toolbar next to other styling tools for the element you select on the canvas, including opacity for elements like icons and shapes, or text styling tools for text boxes.
For elements with borders and fill, like smart widgets, the color icon appears as as square and a border image:
The Color Tool for charts appears in a special context menu used for editing all chart details (including data values, chart types, legends and labels, etc.). To access it, double-click on the chart, or click on the chart to select it and then click "Edit Chart" in the top toolbar.
Overview of Color Tool features
The color menu includes:
- a color wheel you can use to pick colors
- a slider to control the light/dark (black and white) values of the color;
- an opacity slider;
- a color tile with a close-up/preview of the color;
- HEX and RGBA fields where you can input a specific color (HEX or RGB) or opacity (A) value;
- Brand Colors and Swatch Colors.
Find the color preview tile
The preview tile is the section of the Color Tool that will show you what the color you are customizing looks like in real time.
As you use the Color Picker, the light/dark slider and the opacity slider, or the HEX/RGBA fields to adjust a color, it will change on the canvas as well as in the preview tile.
Keep an eye on it as you make adjustments, so you know when you get to the color you want!
Select and customize a color (Color Picker wheel, light/dark slider)
Select an icon, symbol, table or chart to bring up the Color Tool in the top toolbar. Click anywhere in the Color Picker wheel to select a color.
The selector dot will show you the area that the color you've selected is in, and the color preview tile will show you a close-up. You'll also see the element's color change on the canvas in real-time as you use the Color Tool.
Want a more precise selection? Click and drag your cursor as you adjust the position of the selector to display more subtle hue variations.
The light/dark slider next to the color wheel determines how much white or black is added to the color you selected on the wheel.
Change the opacity of a color
The opacity of a color determines how much of the elements/colors behind it are visible by controlling how opaque or transparent it is.
Use the slider with the label "Opacity" to increase or decrease the opacity level of a color on any element with customizable colors.
Use the field under the "A" value (at the end of the row with RGB) to control the Opacity with a number: just type one between 0 and 100. Zero is most transparent and 100 is most opaque.
Setting the Opacity to a lower value will create a see-through effect.
Enter the HEX code or RGB number of the color
Change the color of an element by entering the HEX code or RGB values, select the element you want and open the Color Tool widget by clicking on the icon in the top toolbar.
Enter the HEX Code characters in the text field under "Hex" or the R, G and B values in the field under each letter to manually change the color. Hit 'Enter' or click outside of the field to confirm the change.
Customize the color by changing the light/dark values, the opacity, or even moving the selector on the Color Picker to your preferred shade.
Sample a color with the Eye Dropper tool
The Eye Dropper is a small but mighty tool that allows you to sample color from anywhere on your device—including the design canvas itself.
Select the icon or other element you want to change the color of, and open the Color Tool.
Click the Eye Dropper icon in the Color Tool widget and click on any element on your device screen with your desired color. The cursor becomes a magnifying lens that allows you to see close-up the color you're picking. This works on images with a high pixel count as well as simpler images like vectors.
Use the Eye Dropper to swatch a color, too; just select the color you want with the Eye Dropper and then click the circle with the + icon in it under Project Colors to save it as a swatch.
Use Brand or Swatch Colors
Brand colors added to My Brand Kit are accessible from the color menu, so that you can easily apply them to different elements in your design. These are located under the color tile and the HEX code/RGB section.
Switch between different Brand Kit colors from "My Brand Kit" in the left sidebar.
You can also apply your My Brand Kit colors to all of the elements in your design from the tool in the left sidebar.
When the shuffle icon appears over the Brand Colors, click them again to randomly reassign the colors to your design elements.
Swatch a color (add it to Swatch Colors)
Swatch Colors appear as tiles in their own section, below Brand Colors and the brand color tiles. These are pre-generated according to the colors that appear in the template.
The + sign that appears in a circle at the bottom of the last row of the Swatch Colors allows you to add custom colors of your own.
Select any element on the canvas and open the Color Tool, then click a color tile under Swatch Colors to apply that color to the element on the canvas.
When you change the color of an element in your design, you can save the color for future use on other elements. Select the element and open the Color Tool, then click the + sign at the end of the color tiles under Swatch Colors. The color will appear as its own tile under Swatch Colors. Select any other element with customizable color in your design, and you will find the color you swatched under Swatch Colors when you open the Color Tool; apply it to the elements in your design.
Remove a swatched color by hovering over the color tile in the Color Tool, and click the red 'x' that appears in the top-right corner of the tile.
Swatch a whole palette by generating one with our color palette tool and downloading the HEX codes.
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