Choose Color

Parent page: Client Dialogs

The Choose Color dialog.


This dialog allows the designer to change the color used for the applicable attribute of a system object, or design object.


The dialog can be accessed through many areas of the software - essentially wherever an aspect of the software can have its color changed. Some examples of access include:

  • Clicking on the color swatch associated with attributes of Schematic design objects, such as Color, Fill Color, and Border Color.
  • Clicking the color swatch associated to the Selections field, on the Schematic - Graphical Editing page of the Preferences dialog.
  • Clicking any of the color swatches available for options on the Schematic - Compiler page of the Preferences dialog.
  • Clicking the color swatch associated to the Grid Color field, on the Schematic - Grids page of the Preferences dialog.
  • Double-clicking the color swatch on a PCB layer tab.
  • Clicking any of the color swatches available for options on the Physical Materials tab of the View Configurations dialog (when viewing the board in 3D).
  • Clicking the color swatch associated to the Connection Color field, in the Edit Net dialog, when defining properties for a net loaded on the PCB. Alternatively, right click on a net entry in the PCB panel (configurd in Nets mode) and use the Change Net Color command from the context menu.


  • Color Chooser - this region of the dialog provides the controls for actually choosing the required new color. Two tabs are available, essentially giving you simple and advanced modes of color selection:
    • Standard - this tab provides a hexagonal color chooser filled with popular colors, as well as controls for quickly choosing black, white, or various shades of grey.
    • Custom - this tab provides advanced controls for getting that exact shade of color required. Use the main color area to drag the crosshair to the 'ball park' color required, then use the vertical slider bar to the right, to fine-tune the shade. Use the Color model drop-down field to choose between two color models, either RGB (Red, Green, Blue) or HSL (Hue, Saturation, Liminance). The fields below update as you change the color controls above. Alternatively, enter the values for Red/Hue, Green/Sat, and Blue/Lum directly.
  • Current - shows the color currently being used for the attribute.
  • New - shows the new color chosen for the attribute.
  • Custom Colors - this area allows you to store up to 16 custom colors, which is useful if you have finally reached a required color through the color choosing controls, and want to effectively 'save' that color for reuse. Clicking on any of the cutom color swatches will quickly assign its color as the new color.
    • Add to Custom Colors - use this button to add the currently chosen color to the custom colors palette.
Ensure the correct swatch to receive the color is selected on the custom color palette, to prevent overwriting an existing custom color that you wish to keep.


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