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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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8.5 The Selected Style Indicator: Color Gestures

Apart from the right-click menu commands, the selected style indicator has a convenient method for quick adjustment of colors: color gestures (see Figure 6 on the color insert).

To use color gestures, grab the fill or stroke color swatch and drag it as described below. Note that this only works when the swatch displays a flat color; it does not work for a swatch showing None (i.e., no paint), N/A (i.e., nothing is selected), or displaying a gradient (although you can select one or more gradient stops in the Gradient tool and color-adjust them by color gestures just as you would with objects).

Color gestures work in the HSL color space. Dragging without any keyboard modifiers adjusts the hue channel, ...

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