Picking Colors

Color—or is it colour? However you spell the word, the effect is the same, and it’s quite important. This section will help you to work with colors in Photoshop CS4, clarifying concepts and tools that may have eluded you to this point.

Foreground and Background Colors

The two square overlapping boxes that appear toward the bottom of the Tools panel show the foreground and background colors (Figure 1.17). The top box is the foreground color; it determines which color will be used when you use any of the painting tools. To change the foreground color, click it to open a standard color picker. The bottom box is the background color; it’s used when you’re erasing the Background image or when you increase the size of your document ...

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