In both apparel decoration and computer graphics, a palette is the definition of a range of colors available to the user. Palettes may be defined by the Fulfillment Center to suit their equipment. Available palettes will be loaded into the online designer as available colors for customers to select. If a design uses a color not part of a palette, DecoNetwork will automatically match the closest palette color to the design color.
- You must have administrator access to use this feature
To define or manage color palettes:
- Log into your DecoNetwork website.
- Browse to Admin.
- Select Decoration Processes.
- Choose the process for which you wish to set the palette (DTG Printing, Sublimation, Embroidery, or Screen Printing).
Click Color Palettes.
The main work area contains the settings which can be configured:
- Configure the color palettes as required.
The Add Palette button lets you create a new color palette to be available to customers on your website. The Add Palette popup will be displayed when you click on the button.
- Use System Palette makes palettes already loaded into the system available for use without further configuration. The Standard Colors palette is a broad selection of 80 colors. The exception to this is for embroidery where several industry-standard palettes are available and can be selected from the Base palettes used dropdown box. From here, select the specific palettes to load.
- Create empty palette will create an empty palette in the palette list which you can later edit. Give the palette a name and click OK.
- Copy existing palette will make a copy of a selected palette and it will be named as per your entry into the Name box.
Clicking on the Import Palette button will load the import settings, allowing you to import an existing color palette for customers to use on your website.
Due to licensing requirements, DecoNetwork is not able to distribute many industry-standard palettes, but these can often be found with a bit of Googling! If you find a good one you want to use, save it to your device then click Import Palette.
- Palette source may be a CSV file in the format of Cyan value (%),Magenta value (%),Yellow value (%),Black value (%),Red value (0-255),Green value (0-255),Blue value (0-255),Name where Name is the name of the color, and each line is a new color. If there is no RGB or CMYK set of values, leave them blank. Industry-standard palettes are often available for download from the Internet. Example:
1 18,90,90,1,227,65,50,Cherry Red 2 56,28,0,0,252,201,161,Light Blue 3 12,33,1,0,219,178,209,Baby Pink 4 9,7,81,0,236,219,83,Pale Yellow 5 72,77,11,1,100,83,148,Violet 6 30,0,98,0,191,216,51,Lime
- Embroiderers may select Wilcom .TCH thread chart files as an alternative to CSV. The expected columns for a TCH file are Code, Palette Name, Color Name, A, Red value (0-255), Green value (0-255), Blue value (0-255). Example:
1 2005,Marathon Poly,Neon Yellow,A,250,230,16 2 2006,Marathon Poly,Neon Gold,A,252,201,161 3 2007,Marathon Poly,Neon Orange,A,254,119,88 4 2008,Marathon Poly,Neon Pink,A,237,181,199 5 2009,Marathon Poly,Salmon,A,245,173,173 6 2010,Marathon Poly,Electric Blue,A,20,170,208
- Import Options refer to the name you will give your palette and source file for the import.
Note: The Code value is only applicable for thread charts. It is used by embroiderers to identify the exact thread required.
- Allow color slider in color picker window sets the availability of a sliding color picker tool in the Online Designer, allowing the customer to pick custom colors for their decorations. If the checkbox is ticked on, the following options determining when the color slider will be displayed are shown:
- Open the Color Palette first if the current color is a palette color: this option will show the color palette when the color picker window is first open if the currently selected color is a palette color.
- Always open the Color Palette first: this option will always show the color palette first when the color picker window is open.
- Always open the Color Slider first: this option will always show the color slider first when the color picker window is open.
To edit a palette, click Manage next to the palette you wish to work on. You may either:
- Edit the palette, which lets you map new or change colors in the palette.
- Rename the palette.
- Delete the palette.
- When you are done, click Save.