Gray…geta grip and calm down…
look – it’s simple…
say you keep 40 colours in your vinyl stock that you also want Signlab to show as your default palette – here’s what you do.
1 ) Open Signlab
2 ) Set your computer screen to ‘normal’ brightness, contrast etc.
3 ) draw 40 identical squares on screen in a line – left to right.
4 ) number the squares 1 to 40
**************** now repeat the following sequence *****************
5 ) select the first (or next) numbered square
6 ) using the magnifying tool, zoom in so that it fills the entire screen
7 ) double click on the first (or next) colour on the default signlab palette
8 ) A pop-up window will appear from which you can use the sliders to achieve the best representation of your first (or next) chosen vinyl colour
9 ) click on [ok] to apply the new colour to both the square and the corresponding section of the palette
*************repeat steps 5 to 9 to create palette****************
When all the squares and the sections of the palette are coloured to match your vinyl stock/swatch in the sequence you prefer, then do this:
a ) Save the Signlab picture file you have just created – but DON’T CLOSE SIGNLAB!
b ) carefully click just once on the first colour in your new palette (not the coloured square on screen but the actual palette!)
c ) select [TRUNCATE PALETTE] from the [PALETTE] section of the [OPTIONS] drop down menu – and click on [YES] to the question screen that follows…(this will remove any old or unwanted colours ‘left-over’ from the original palette)
d ) Save the Signlab picture file AGAIN – but DON’T CLOSE SIGNLAB!
e ) select [EDIT PALETTE] from the [PALETTE] section of the [OPTIONS] drop down menu.
f ) from the pop-up menu that appears (titled ‘Edit Palette’) click once on each of your new colours in turn and then enter a description in the field entitled ‘colour name’. You can also enter the suppliers name, their material code and other details as you wish.
g ) when all this has been done then click on [SAVE AS] – choose a name for your palette (perhaps CAMRIVER1.pal), select a folder and click on [SAVE].
You have now created a custom palette that is representative of the colours you stock (and in the order you prefer) so your drawings will look more like your finished signs and vice-versa. Furthermore, if you entered details against the colours – they will be shown as you hover over the palette with the mouse pointer!
There remains only one final thing to do – we have to instruct Signlab to load this ‘custom’ palette every single time it starts or when you open a new file. To do this select [GENERAL PREFERENCES] from the [SIGNLAB SETUP] section of the [OPTIONS] drop down menu.
In the ‘Palette’ section of the new pop-up window that appears (titled ‘General Preferences’) enter the path of your new CAMRIVER1.pal file or use the ‘browse’ option to locate it. Click on the box next to ‘Load Palette at Startup’ – a tick will appear in it – and click on the large [OK] button to close the pop-up window.
…and that’s it!…when you next start Signlab or open a new file your prayers will be answered…and you’ll never need to raise your fist at the Signlab palette again…hopefully…
of course…you can also print out this Signlab picture file to see how your colours will look when they’re printed – but that’s another kettle of fish!
if you knew any or all of this already then please excuse the sermon – but maybe it’ll be useful to someone else anyway…