Use Color Palettes to get more out of your Nutcracker effects

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  1. smeighan

    smeighan Dedicated Elf

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    One thing we might miss in using xlights is the judicious use of color palettes. You can have unlimited palettes, 6 colors per.


    edit the palette. You can save the current palette and give it a name, you load a palette from a saved name.
    you can have unlimited palettes.
    Have one dim colors
    one bright
    one palette that are blues, greens.
    you then load a palette to use. Every effect can have a different palette.
    The only thing you cant do is change the palette mid stream in an effect. You cant start spirals with one palette and end with a different one.
    Effect 1 and 2 have their own set of palettes. All of this palette info is stored in your sequence xml.






    try some of these
    http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-theory-intro.htm


    and then use this free tool that uses this theory
    http://www.sessions.edu/color-calculator
     

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    BundyRoy Senior Elf

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    Thanks Sean. I use the colour palettes a far bit but didn't realise I could save them. Thanks. I had also been wondering about the science behind colour patterns and selecting combinations that look good. Will use those tools from now on too.
     
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    thevikester Apprentice Elf

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    That's great stuff Sean...thanks!
     
  4. arw01

    arw01 Full Time Elf

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    Was struggling with that the other day, guess I still haven't seen the save spot! I just kept entering the same values every time I changed elements and effects, eventually I got all of them the same, but being able to save and load them would have saved me quite a bit of effort!


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