[Plugin] FredoTools::ColorPaint - v1.2a - 02 Nov 19

[Plugin] FredoTools::ColorPaint - v1.2a - 02 Nov 19

Postby fredo6 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:33 pm

ColorPaint is a standalone script (for SU2016 and above) which is part of FredoTools. It implements a configurable Color Selector, independent from models and persistent across SketchUp sessions and SketchUp versions.

ColorPaint includes a large range of color palettes to which you can add your own.

ColorPaint - Main dialog box.png

ColorPaint is installed as part of FredoTools 3.7 and above.

See the main post for FredoTools for installation.

IMPORTANT: ColorPaint is available for SU2016 and above only. Note that it will not appear in the menu or toolbar for earlier versions of Sketchup.

No documentation, but you can have a look at the Quick Start section and the Video below

  • SU Versions: SU2016 and above
  • Platforms: Windows and Mac
  • Languages: English, French
  • Menus: by default, ColorPaint is installed in Tools > FredoTools. It also appears in the Contextual menu when you select a group or component.
  • Icon toolbar: Fredo6 Tools. There is only a single icon. By default, it is not shown. You need to go to the Default Parameters… dialog of FredoTools to enable the icon.
  • The plugin is free, for private and commercial usage.

FredoTools::ColorPaint - Quick Introduction

FredoTools::ColorPaint - Overview of features

Color Selector

Just launch ColorPaint to show the Color Selector Dialog box.

  1. Paint faces: Single click on a color thumbnail to transfer the color to the Sketchup Material browser and paint with the native Sketchup Paint tool, or with ThruPaint if in automatic mode.
    • Resize the dialog box: you can freely resize the dialog box. If not all tabs are visible, gently mouse-wheel in the Tab zone to make them appear (or use the blue arrows at the top right).


      Favorites keeps your preferred colors, independently of any model and across Sketchup sessions.

      ColorPaint - Favorites.png

      1. To Add a color to Favorites: when in any other palette tabs, slightly click-drag a thumbnail (in any direction) and release when you see the red heart appear. Undo / Redo supported via Ctrl-Z / Ctrl-Y.
      2. To Remove a color from Favorites: when in the Favorites tab, slightly click-drag a thumbnail (in any direction) and release when you see the red cross appear. Undo / Redo supported via Ctrl-Z / Ctrl-Y.
      3. Specifying a color by RGB, HSV or Hexa code: In the Favorites tab, click on the RGB button.
        ColorPaint - RGB button.png

        A small dialog box will appear where you can enter the color specifications.

        ColorPaint - Color Creation.png

      4. Editing a color in the Favorites: You can also edit an existing color in the favorite, using a Right-Click or a Ctrl-Click on its thumbnail. You can then modify the color specification, including opacity, and then either replace the color or create a new one.

        ColorPaint - Color Edition.png

      5. Transferring the color of the current material in the Sketchup material browser: Use the button to perform the transfer to Favorites:
        SU Paint Bucket Transfer.png

        • if the material is a pure color, the color is transferred
        • if the material is textured, then its dominant color is transferred

        Note: Since the native Sketchup material browser includes a feature to sample a color anywhere in the screen, you can use this Transfer method to add it to the favorite.

      Adding / Removing custom color palettes

      ColorPaint includes predefined color palettes (Named, Grayscale, Extended, RAL Classic, RAL Design). But you can add your own color palettes (shown as Tab), based on color files. These files are in Text format and follow a simple syntax (separator is space or tab)
      - Line1: name
      - Line2: Description
      - subsequent lines: R G B values (0-255) followed optionally by a name

      To load a color file, just click on the Plus Tab. A short message box will appear. You can then browse for a file (extension .txt) in your environment and load it.

      ColorPaint - Load File.png

      You can remove a palette tab by making it current and clicking on the small red-cross icon on the top-right.

      If you remove a Predefined color palette, you can reload it later; click on the Plus Tab. The message box includes an additional button for loading Predefined color palettes:

      ColorPaint - Load File Predefined.png

      If you click on the Load Predefined button, you will be shown a list of the missing Predefined from which to choose.

      ColorPaint - Predefined List.png

      Display mode: Tab versus Combo

      ColorPaint offers 2 display modes:
      • Tab mode, with scrolling row of tabs at the top of the lists
      • Combo mode, with a single Combo box, also scrollable by moue wheel.
      You can switch from one mode to another by clicking on the Option Configuration button and selecting the preferred option.

      Swicth Tab Combo mode.png

      The Combo mode is more compact and allows to keep the dialog narrower.

      ColorPaint - Combo mode.png

      ColorPaint 1.0a – 16 Oct 19: Initial public release in FredoTools 3.6a
      Last edited by fredo6 on Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:24 pm, edited 11 times in total.
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      Re: [Plugin] FredoTools::ColorPaint - v1.0a - 16 Oct 19

      Postby pilou » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:53 pm

      Repaint the world! :fro:
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      Re: [Plugin] FredoTools::ColorPaint - v1.0a - 16 Oct 19

      Postby CadFather » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:57 am

      Pilou, surely this was designed with you in mind! :enlight:
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      Re: [Plugin] FredoTools::ColorPaint - v1.2a - 02 Nov 19

      Postby fredo6 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:37 am

      NEW RELEASE: ColorPaint 1.2a - 02 Nov 19

      ColorPaint 1.2a includes
      • Support of transparency
      • Combobox mode for the color palettes in the main dialog box (in addition to Tab mode)
      • Edition of Favorite colors
      • Cosmetic adjustments and bug fixing.

      It is available as of FredoTools v3.7a.

      ColorPaint - Combo mode.png

      ColorPaint - Color Edition.png

      ColorPaint - Transparency thumbnails.png


      See FredoTools plugin home page for Download.

      See also main post of this thread for User Discussion.

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      Re: [Plugin] FredoTools::ColorPaint - v1.2a - 02 Nov 19

      Postby JClements » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:16 pm

      Adding transparency, that is a nice new feature!
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