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Sam Freeman
Colour picker interface changed in CC2018
on Nov 23, 2017 at 5:26:31 pm

Hi guys,

In the new version of After Effects it seems as if the colour picker has been altered, and I can't seem to work out if it's a setting I need to alter, or if Adobe have just updated the method and there's no way of going back.

Here is the colour picker from CC2017


Notice how theres always black at the bottom and white in the top left - it's so quick and easy to choose something on the grayscale end. 1 click and drag motion. Easy.

And here it is from CC2018


You have to click on multiple parts of the picker to get to black, white and grayscale values.

This has been driving me nuts as I can normally work these kinds of things out. Anyone know how to change back to the CC2017 setup?

Cheers!
Sam


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Colour picker interface changed in CC2018
on Nov 24, 2017 at 11:10:47 am

If you have one of the HSB values activated (the dot next to the parameter is selected) you have a hue bar. If you have one of the RGB values activated you have a brightness bar. This can be seen in your screenshots and this is how it works in CC 2018.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Colour picker interface changed in CC2018
on Nov 24, 2017 at 3:56:39 pm

A picture to illustrate Tero's point:



The color picker can work with HSB or RGB color models. These are three-dimensional models, so they're a little tricky to represent in 2D. The bar in the color picker follows your selection, and the rectangle shows possible values given the selection represented by the bar.

When you select Hue (as in the first picture), the bar shows the range of possible hues, and the rectangular area plots saturation against brightness for that specific hue value.

When you select Red (as in the second picture), the bar shows the possible range of reds, and the rectangular area plots green against blue for that specific red value.

This is not a change from CC 2017 to CC 2018; it's just that you're looking at a different color model and primary selection.

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Sam Freeman
Re: Colour picker interface changed in CC2018
on Nov 25, 2017 at 12:17:50 pm

Jeez - Thanks guys! I thought I was going crazy.

I can't believe that after 14 years of using AFX there are still little (super simple) things like this that can drive me nuts. It's why I love AFX too though. :0)


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Philipp Contag-Lada
Re: Colour picker interface changed in CC2018
on Dec 16, 2018 at 6:15:03 pm

Hey guys.

I'm trying to understand the same thing.
I'm normally running osx but for the renderings I just went over to get it running on windows10.
Don't get me started on the AE 15.0.1 issue. But the color picking area and the info panel make me nervous.
set to many different color profiles, always the same:
Info displays up to 300% per color in 32bit mode. and in the color dialog window I can chose infinite values for the three colors. 20 million percent of red doesn't make it any redder, but ... here in Windows there's just no way I'm getting any usable information on my color values.

help anyone, how I can go back to the "pull each color up to 100% é basta" mode?

Many thanks!


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Max Haller
Re: Colour picker interface changed in CC2018
on Dec 17, 2018 at 3:42:57 pm

I'm no expert on color spaces but that sounds like its working as it should Philip. 32 bit has a lot more color information available than 8 or 16 bit so that's why you can set those values so high. You'll get the most use out of it when you're dealing with feathered edges and blended colors. Or effects like blurs and glows, or blending layer modes/messing with lighting.

Can you post screenshots of the difference in the windows that you're talking about? I work on mac and windows quite often and i'm not sure what you mean by not getting usable information.


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Philipp Contag-Lada
Re: Colour picker interface changed in CC2018
on Dec 17, 2018 at 11:23:28 pm

Unfortunately these system changes include that I'm responding from the wrong machine.
But I found out, that changing to the RGB values and inserting numbers there is a bad idea in any case.

Why isn't there some kind of max value? (Well, there might be in 32bit. But it certainly isn't that nonsense that AE offers.)








Anyway. Thanks.
I'll just try to stay away from the numbers and just use the mouse picker.


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