Custom Colors in EQ8

Each month I participate in Quilt Block Mania and we are given a color scheme to use. Below the inspiration image (shown to the left) there is another image with bars of colors and these colors are represented by a hex code. A hex code looks like a hashtag/pound sign with six digits after it. In many programs you can use this hex code to find a specific color. Unfortunately, Electric Quilt 8 is not one of them.

The good news is that if you have a hex code, you can translate that color into an RGB number that EQ8 understands. And it is easy!

The website www.colorhexa.com will tell you everything you need to know about the color- for free! You will type the hex code into the bar at the top of the page and then scroll down to the section that says “Color Conversions”. The important numbers for EQ8 will be the RGB Decimal numbers.

These are the steps you must follow in EQ8 to get your custom colors.

  • You need to be in the COLOR tab and be in the COLOR picker (NOT FABRIC).
  • Click on the three dots and choose ADD COLORS.
  • Click on the bar that says DEFINE CUSTOM COLORS.
  • You can put in the RGB Decimals into the boxes on the right.
  • Once you have all the colors made, click OK and those colors should come up as choices in your color picker.

I don’t know why, but sometimes a color or two will not import and I have to go through the process again for those colors. It’s odd but I think it is just a glitch in EQ8. I have had great luck in using these steps to conform with given color palettes. You can also make your own palettes, but that is a topic for another day.

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