In nT Colorations, there are several adjustments to create and change colors of colorways. The options most options you will find in channel options.


Coloring with Color Picker

Coloring with a color picker gives you the possibility to use different methods. Double-click on a channel separation, and you will access the Channel Options window. In the 'Color' tab, which is the default when opening channel options, the channel can be colored with the color picker. You can also reach the picker from the channel contextual menu or with a shortcut by pressing 'alt' and double-clicking on the channel.

The Colorations Color picker pops up, where you can change the color by moving the point in the color space, entering values in Lab, RGB, CMYK, and HSB, or reading by spectrophotometer. The color picker works with 32bits color precision and supports hexadecimal color codes. In Preferences, if the option to 'Use only color library' is enabled it will synchronize always the colors of the color library when using the color picker.

TIP: Working in RGB profiles and coloring in LAB space will show a deltaE warning. Clicking in the warning will get the most possible color.

For device ink coloration you need to convert the coloration into the device ink profile before starting coloring. Afterward, when the Color picker opens the button button 'Device' becomes available. Click on the button and it opens the Device colors with fields to enter the ink values. If you wish to switch to the color picker, simply click on the 'Picker' button in the dialog.

TIP:  Press shortcut 'alt' plus mouse-click and select the % icon to (0-255).

Coloring with HSL, Brightness/Contrast, Color balance, Selective color

The tools are accessible from the tab 'Color' next to the color preview.

With the tools, you can change the hue, saturation, and lightness of the color. These changes can be applied to all channels simultaneously. 

Pressing '+' under the colorations list, or right-clicking on any coloration, with 'Hue...' you can open the HSL sliders.


Adjustments with Curve

With curves, it is possible to modify the shadows, highlights, and mid-tones of the color. The 'Curves' can be opened from the 'Channel options' window with the tab above the color preview. The curve can be adjusted, saved as .csv in the dialog, and loaded from the curve file (.acv). The remove the curve, you can reset and no curve is applied. These changes can be applied to all channels simultaneously. The color change is applied automatically and the new % of curve input/output is shown in the channel dialog.


Coloring with Color Selector

The color selector is located below the coloration list. Clicking on the pixel color in the main preview will show you the color's values. You can select values between Native, Grayscale, RGB, CMYK, HSL, HSB, Lab, and XYZ when right-clicking on values. 

To color the color channel, Drag&drop the color from the selector into the channel.


If you work with device ink colorations, drag the color from the color channel inside and drop it in the color selector to view the device ink color values.

Coloring with Color Library

Coloring with color libraries can be done in different ways.

  • Shortcuts: Select the color channel and then select the color from the library and press Alt + Intro to assign the color
  • Drag&drop: Select the color in the color library and drag it on the color of the separation. If you have a library with color gradients, the most intense color will be applied. If you want to apply a lighter tone, select it while pressing the Alt key.
  • Synchronize: With the selected library you can synchronize colors to the selected colorway.

Related articles:

Colorway Options

Colorway's channel options 

How to measure colors with a spectrophotometer

Synchronize colors from library to colorway