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The Pick Color

 

The Pick Color is a user-selected color.

 

What the Pick Color does

How to tell if a Pick Color is currently selected

Select a Pick Color

Deselect the Pick Color

The difference between the Pick Color and Color Layers Selection

 

What the Pick Color does

By default, Scan2CAD is “color blind” and sees raster images as non-white areas on a white background.

When a Pick Color is selected the raster and vector draw tools draw in the Pick Color and some functions become “color aware” and only work on Pick Colored parts of the image. For example:

 

Before despeckling

After despeckling

 

No Pick Color

Pick Color = blue

Without a Pick Color selected, Scan2CAD sees all the non white areas of the image as one color and only removes speckles that are entirely surrounded by white space.

With a Pick Color selected, Scan2CAD only sees Pick Colored speckles and removes these regardless of the background color they are on.

 

Raster image
Vector image
No Pick Color Pick Color = blue

Without a Pick Color selected, Scan2CAD sees all the non white areas of the image as one color and vectorizes them all to black.

With a Pick Color selected, Scan2CAD only sees and vectorizes Pick Colored parts of the raster image.

 

How to tell if a Pick Color is currently selected

When a Pick Color is selected, it is displayed at the bottom of the screen:

In some dialogs that have a Preview Window the Pick Color is also displayed under the Preview Window:

 

Select a Pick Color

If a raster image is loaded:

1. Click , select Raster Edit Menu > Pick or select Vector Edit Menu > Pick.
2. Select the Pick Color in one of the following ways:
Click on a part of the raster image that is the color you want to select.
Display the palette by pressing Shift+P.  If you get a No Palette Exists message when you press Shift+P, press Alt+P to display the standard Windows color picker.

 Click on the color you want.

 

If no raster image is loaded:

Press Alt+P to display the standard Windows color picker then click on the color you want.

 

In some dialogs that have a Preview Window you can select a Pick Color from within the dialog:

1. Click .
2. Click on the color you want to select in the Preview Window.

 

Deselect the Pick Color

Press the U key, select Raster Edit Menu > UnPick or select Vector Edit Menu > UnPick.

 

The difference between the Pick Color and Color Layers Selection

You can select several Color Layers but only one Pick Color.
The Pick Color affects a wide range of functions. Color Layers only affect Remove Speckles, Smooth, Detect Color Edges and vectorization.

 

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