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Adding Colors Using the Kuler Panel

The Kuler panel (New!) is an extension to Flash that allows you to use groups of color, or themes in your projects. You can use the panel to browse thousands of color themes, create your own using the complementary harmony rules, and share them with others in the Kuler community. After you find or create the theme you want, you can add it to the Swatches panel for use in your project. You can access the Kuler panel by using the Extensions submenu on the Window menu. The Kuler panel is also available in the CS4 version of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Fireworks.

Browse Themes and Add to the Swatches Panel

  1. Click the Window menu, point to Extensions, and then click Kuler.
  2. Click the Browse tab.
  3. To search for a theme, click in the Search box, enter the name of the theme, a tag, or a creator, and then press Enter (Win) or Return (Mac).

  4. To narrow down the browse list, click the popups, and then select the filter options you want. Some include Highest Rated, Most Popular, Newest.

    • To save a search, click the first popup, click Custom, enter your search criteria, and then click Save.
  5. To browse for a theme, click the View previous set of themes or View next set of themes button.
  6. Select a theme in the panel.
  7. To add the theme to the Swatches panel, click the Add Selected Theme To Swatches button.

Create or Edit a Theme

  1. Click the Window menu, point to Extensions, and then click Kuler.
  2. To create or edit a theme, do either of the following:

    • Create a theme. Click the Create tab.
    • Edit a theme. Click the Browse tab, select the theme you want to edit, and then click Edit Theme in Create Panel.
  3. Click the Select Rule popup, and then select a harmony rule or Custom.

    The harmony rule uses the base color as the basis for generating the colors in the color group, so you can create a theme with complementary colors.

  4. Select a color box, and then use the sliders and the color wheel to display the color you want.
  5. Use the buttons below the color boxes to add/remove the theme color, add the current stroke/fill color as the base color, or adjust the other colors.

    • Double-click a color box to set the active color in Flash.
  6. Upon completion, do any of the following:

    • Save theme. Click Save Theme, name the theme, and then click Save to create a new one.
    • Add to Swatches Panel. Click the Add This Theme to Swatches button.
    • Upload to Kuler. Click the Upload Theme to Kuler button.
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