When were these changes commited? Its just I want to try them out via a
windows autobuild, and I don't want to download one if it is not in there
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> bounces@...] On Behalf Of bulia byak
> Sent: Wednesday, 24 October 2007 11:32 AM
> To: Inkscape List Devel; Inkscape User Community
> Subject: [Inkscape-user] NEW: color gestures
> Color gestures
> A new method for quick and precise adjustment of colors is added in
> this version: color gestures. It works on the selected objects by
> grabbing the fill or stroke color swatch in the selected style
> indicator (on the left of the statusbar) and dragging it in various
> directions as described below. Note that this only works when the
> swatch displays a flat color; it does not work for a swatch showing
> "None", "N/A", or displaying a gradient (although you can select one
> or more gradient stops in Gradient tool and color-adjust them by color
> gestures just as you would do for objects). Color gestures can work on
> fill or stroke, depending on which swatch in the selected color
> indicator you drag.
> Color gestures work in HSL color space. Dragging without any keyboard
> modifiers adjusts the hue channel, dragging with Shift adjusts
> saturation, and dragging with Ctrl adjusts lightness.
> The adjustment is done by rotating the color swatch away from the
> original direction which is assumed to be NE at 45 degrees (i.e. from
> the swatch into the document window). That is, once you click and drag
> the color swatch, imagine a line going from the point where you
> clicked in the NE direction, across the entire Inkscape window. By
> dragging below or to the right of that line, you decrease the
> corresponding color channel, to the minimum at the lower edge of the
> window; by dragging it above or to the left, you increase it, to the
> maximum at the left edge of the window. If you hover your mouse
> exactly over the 45 degrees line, the change will be zero.
> Note that you can easily vary the precision of your adjustment. If you
> drag close enough to the swatch, each small movement results in a big
> change of the color. If you need a finer adjustment, just drag farther
> away from the swatch, towards the center of the Inkscape window or
> even to its upper right corner, where minute movements will produce
> very small changes in the color. In fact, this method gives you more
> color precision than even the color wheel in the Fill and Stroke
> dialog, unless you expand that dialog to fill the entire screen which
> is rarely practical.
> Watch the statusbar which will indicate, as you drag, the channel you
> are adjusting, the original value of that channel, and the new value.
> You can switch channels while you drag. That is, you don't need to
> restart dragging from the swatch if you want to adjust all three
> channels - you can do it in one drag, pressing and releasing Ctrl and
> Shift as necessary. Note that when you change the keyboard modifiers
> during drag, the position of the zero-change line is temporarily set
> to the current position of the mouse; this is done so that there are
> no sudden changes in color if you are switching modifiers away from
> the original 45-degree line.
> For example, you can select a green rectangle and first turn it into
> greenish-blue by dragging away from the Fill swatch and slightly above
> the 45 degrees line; then, without releasing the mouse, press Ctrl and
> drag a bit to the right to darken the color; then press Shift, release
> Ctrl, and adjust saturation. You can press or release Ctrl and Shift
> as many times as necessary during a single drag; when you are finally
> satisfied with your color, release the mouse to commit the change.
> Apart from precise adjustments, you can use color gestures to quickly
> perform common color transformations:
> * Ctrl+drag the swatch to the right and down to color all selected
> objects black.
> * Ctrl+drag the swatch upwards and to the left to color all
> selected objects white.
> * Shift+drag the swatch to the right and down to desaturate the
> color of selected objects.
> * Shift+drag the swatch upwards and to the left to maximize
> saturation of the color of selected objects.
> Note that when several objects or gradient stops with different colors
> are selected, the selected style indicator shows their averaged color.
> If you adjust that color by gesturing, the changed color will be
> assigned back to all selected objects/stops, in effect eliminating any
> difference between them. If you want to adjust many different-colored
> objects preserving their relative differences, use the color modes of
> the Tweak tool or color adjustment extension effects.
> This new technique requires some getting used to, but once you get the
> idea it is quite convenient, fast, and precise.
> bulia byak
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