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Thread: Photoshop Color Picker's HSB Mode

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    E. James

    Photoshop Color Picker's HSB Mode

    I observed that if I set the Photoshop color picker's HSB mode brightness to 50% then select "H" (hue) and move the color selector up and down, one RGB color value is always 128. I believe this demonstrates a range of midtone hues. Correct?

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    Re: Photoshop Color Picker's HSB Mode

    Hi Ed,

    You sure know how to ask 'em!

    HSB aka HSV is known as a color model which can be represented as a 3D image instead of Photoshop's 2D + slider:

    Photoshop Color Picker's HSB Mode

    By setting the brightness ("value" in this diagram) to 50%, you are setting the depth (Z) axis at the same level as the "saturation" arrow. From there, or indeed any other point in the cylinder, the Photoshop slider takes you on a circular tour of cylinder as indicated by the "hue" arrow.

    The behavior described is a result of the conversion from HSB (HSV) to RGB, see here.
    Last edited by xpatUSA; 7th December 2012 at 11:38 AM.

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