Figure 629. The Colors section.The Colors section lets you customize colors of various screen elements.The Colors section contains the following settings:You can create lots of different color schemes and save each one as a preset. After you create a color scheme that you like, type a name for it in the Presets window, and then click the floppy disk icon to save the preset. When you want to load the preset, just select it in the Presets window. To delete a preset, select it and then click the Delete button .
Note: If you customize a color in the Preferences dialog box, it will override the corresponding color in the UI theme (see Customization - Themes). If you change the UI theme, any custom colors will be lost, and the corresponding UI theme colors will be used instead. Be sure to save any custom colors as a color preset if you don't want to lose them when switching UI themes.The Colors section has the following fields:This list shows different areas where color can be adjusted. Choosing one of these categories helps filter out screen elements you may not want to deal with at the moment. The categories also provide a convenient way to adjust brightness, hue, and saturation of a related collection of screen elements without hunting through a long list.The search filter allows you to only show screen elements that include a specific text string in the name.
Note: The search filter is applied to the current Color Category. Select the All Colors color category if you want to search all available screen elements.This list shows all the items in SONAR you can set the color of. Highlight the one you want to change. You can change multiple Elements simultaneously by CTRL-clicking or CTRL-dragging. Click Select All to select all screen elements in the current color category.This button opens the Import Color Set dialog box, which allows you to import a color arrangement, or a group of presets.This button opens the Export Color Set dialog box, which allows you to export a color arrangement, or a group of presets.The Choose Color button allows you to pick a specific color for the highlighted item in the Screen Element list. Click the Choose Color button to open the Color dialog box, click the color you want, and click OK. The highlighted item in the Screen Element list changes to the color you chose.This control increases or decreases the luminance of the selected color, making it either more bright or more dull in appearance.This control increases or decreases the vibrancy of the selected color. A lower saturation value will input more “grayness” to the color, making it appear more faded.Pressing the Reset button resets the Brightness, Hue, and Saturation sliders to default values.Pressing the Select All button selects all screen elements in the current Color Category.Clicking this button opens a color palette that lets you specify the default color for new tracks. The color palette also contains the following options:
Default. Track strips are not colored, and tracks do not inherit the color of the bus they are assigned to.
Follow Bus. Tracks inherit the color of the bus they are assigned to.
Note: Entire channel strips can only be colorized when using the Mercury theme (see UI themes). The Show Strip Colors option is not available when using the Tungsten theme. A future version of SONAR will allow entire channel strips to be colorized in any theme.The Show strip colors option allows you to tint track and bus strips in the Track view, Console view and Inspector when you assign a custom track color. Disable this option if you only want to color clips (waveform or MIDI data).If Show strip colors is disabled, the current track is always highlighted.Select this check box if you want SONAR to use any new color assignments the next time you open SONAR.The options in this field allow you to set the color and design of SONAR’s background area. The options are:
Default. Choosing this option causes SONAR to use its original color and design for the background.
None. Choosing this option causes SONAR to use a flat, gray color for the background.
Custom. Choosing this option opens the Wallpaper Bitmap dialog box, which allows you to choose a graphics file (bitmap) to use as the background.
Table 93. Screen elements
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