Color Editor

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The Color Editor contains a color wheel for selecting a color, color picker for grabbing a color, transparent color for creating a custom eraser, and buttons for accessing HSL, RGB, and Randomize (certain versions) sliders, and the color swatches.

We are in the process of enhancing the Color Editor across all platforms. iOS version 5.2 includes the first release of new Color Editor features, and development work is in progress for Android, Mac and Windows.

Show/hide parts of the editor

In different versions of Sketchbook, sections of the editor can be hidden to reduce the amount of canvas space taken up. When a section is needed, just unhide it. Some versions use arrows arrow for accessing parts of the editor. Others have bars that can be dragged up or down to expose more or less of the editor. Others use buttons, such as Show/hide sliders and Color Swatch icon to show/hide sections.

Color Editor in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

If you are a Mac user, you have your choice of color editor: the default and system.

Default Color Editor

Default Color Editor

The default Color Editor is what all users see when they first launch Sketchbook Pro.

For Mac users, if you want to switch from the system to the default Color Editor, select Sketchbook Pro > Preferences > General, then select Use default Color Editor.

  1. Color WheelSaturation/Luminance Slider
  2. RGB, HSL, Randomize
  3. RGB sliders
  4. Customized palette‍ 
  5. Show/Hide
  6. Swatch (current color)
  7. Color Picker‍ 
  8. Color WheelHue
  9. Transparent Color‍ 

Accessing the Color Editor

To access the Color Editor, tap Open Color Editor icon or select Window > Color Editor.

Lagoon with Open Color Editor icon

Color Editor in Sketchbook for Android

The device you're using (handheld verses tablet) will determine the design of the editor you see. The differences are subtle, but necessary due to the limited screen size of some handheld devices. There is, however, no difference in the available features.

For Android tablet users


  1. Transparent Color‍ (Erase)
  2. Color Picker
  3. Hue
  4. Saturation and Lightness‍ 
  5. Tab for HSL, RGB, Color Swatches, and Randomize Colors
  6. Tab contents (controls or swatches)

For Android handheld device users

On smaller screens, the tabs include the Color Wheel.


How to access the Color Editor

Open the Color Editor from the toolbar, or by tapping on the marking menu button to expose the Double Puck and tapping on the color chip.

Color Editor in Sketchbook for iOS

Sketchbook on iOS provides a variety of ways to adjust and select color.

  1. Previous color
  2. Current color
  3. Complementary of current color
  4. Color set toggle 
  5. 9-swatch color history
  6. Transparent color
  7. Eye dropper (color selector)
  8. HSL sliders
  9. Color set (mini-view)
  10. Custom Color Gradient
  11. RGB sliders
  12. Randomize color
  13. Edit HEX value
  14. Paste HEX from clipboard