Sparkle’s unified color panel brings color consistency to your web site design. Whenever you select a color option in the style panel, you will be presented with the color panel. 

Within the panel there are three groups of colors - the first row of colors is your main palette - these are the colors you establish for your website. The second row are the neutral colors that will typically include black and white. The last row are the default wireframe colors that Sparkle applies to objects when they are first added to your web page. In normal use, the only colors you may wish to change are those contained in the top, main row, For clarity, we will refer to this first row as your website palette. 

Below the rows of colors are tools that enable you to create colors. These include a hue/saturation and brightness slider, and spaces to enter numeric values for RGB, HSL, Hex, and opacity. 

Sparkle offers a standard main color palette to get you started. However, when setting up a new site, you would typically change the main colors to reflect the colors you want in your website. To do this, select one of the main colors you want to replace - its outline will highlight to show it’s selected. Then, use the various tools to change the color to one of your choice. Repeat this for the other colors you wish to change. If you know the color values of the colors you wish to use, simply enter them into the relevant boxes. For example if you wanted to create a color palette such as this one: 

you could simply enter the Hex code, or the rgb code in the relevant boxes in the color panel.

The important thing to note is that selecting a color in the panel and then making changes will overwrite the selected color in the color panel and all page elements using that color. 

Using Apple’s Color Picker

Another way to edit colors is to use Apple’s built-in color picker. You can access this by clicking on the color picker box in the color panel. It looks like this:

The eye-dropper tool enables you to select any color from your computer screen.

When this is selected, Apple’s color picker will open. 

In the example shown here, we have a Sparkle color swatch that was created for use in other Mac applications, and saved as a custom swatch. With the color picker open, just select the color you want to add to your main palette. Your chosen color will replace the currently selected main color in Sparkle’s main color palette. You can, of course, use any of the color picker tools offered to generate new colors, including the eye-dropper tool:

The Advantage of the Color Panel

By setting up your main colour palette and using it consistently to apply color to your page elements, you’ll be ready-to-go when you decide to give your website a color make-over. Just open a copy of your existing site project file, and change the colours in your main color palette. All the page elements using the old colors will change throughout your site to reflect your new colour scheme.

One-off color changes

You may have a situation where you need to apply a color to a page element that isn’t part of your main website palette. When that occurs, you can select the element on the page and then use the ‘Current’ color option in the color panel:

By selecting this option and changing the color, your change will only affect the currently selected object. Your selected color will not be added to your main website palette.

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