House Paint Software
In house paint software, you can paint over your own home pictures with existing paint colors, and see how new paint colors will look in real life. Most color schemes on this site were made with it (Color style studio, scroll down for info).
This painting software was initially developed for painting contractors, to help their clients choose paint colors. But it's great for home-owners too.
Visualizing your painting results
House paint software is great for making color schemes, planning a big makeover, or choosing wall paint colors. It helps you to make a design and visualize the effects of those changes. The program has available models, but of course working over your own photo's gives the best preview on the job.
The effect of paint colors depends much on the visual amounts you're going to paint - a small line of red wood trim can be a strong red, while a whole wall might need a more toned red. The light is also a big factor. With interior painting software, you can adjust the colors to your room and create a color scheme just for that room.
Checking in real life
After picking colors, you do need to check them with the help of big sample strips or sample jars, because screen colors can always differ just a little bit from real life, and the undertones of a color are important. The software is for making a design, seeing the visual amounts and making more complicated color schemes (a good color scheme contains at least 3 to 6 colors). The finetuning of those colors is done with sample strips.
If you're looking for a sort-cut to reliable paint colors, think of consulting the paint color cheat sheets (click here for a review). It provides a list of proven and tested paint colors, put together by a color consultant.
Free trial version
Click here to download a free trial version of Color Style Studio house paint software. The pictures you get are very natural, as detailed as you want to, and it's not expensive. While other graphic programs can go into the hundreds of dollars, this piece of house paint software costs the fair amount of 76,60 dollars, a backup CD included.
Preparing a photo to be colored with house paint softwareIf you're a bit handy with computers, and have a few spare hours to learn, you'll find it easy to use this program. Further down you'll find detailed instructions on how to turn a photo (your own pics) into a model (that can be colored with paint colors). Click here to order your painting software
Your pictures have to be relatively small (no 10 megapixel pictures...), you might have to make them smaller. Most graphic or photo software have a tool for resizing pictures, but if you don't have any of these programs, try love2photo (trial version). Another option: use a very cheap 2 megapixel camera to take your pictures. Here you can order the photo resizer.
If you have to do a lot of models, or want to skip the learning curve: there's a photo uploading service, to which you can send your pictures, and have a pro turn your pics into a model. Click here for a trial version, and here for ordering Photo Uploader If you're a painting contractor, you might include this service in your billing. But doing it yourself is more cost-effective. Learning to prepare the pictures may take a few hours, but after that you'll be able to provide an extra service for no cost at all. Further down, and on this page, you'll find detailed info on how to turn pics into a house paint software model.
Downloading your house paint software
In any case, you first need to download the trial version - when you order, the painting software will be automatically installed into the trial version. It's best to install the trial version in station D, that one usually has more free space. When you order Color Style Studio, you can immediately start using it. Should it be necessary to reinstall the program later, you can use the backup-CD (included in the order price mentioned before).
Working with house paint software
Before seeing a client, have them send their pictures, so you can prepare the fields. Then you can immediately show them the magic. The program provides colors from a lare variety of brands (RAL colors included).
After choosing paint colors, it's good to check the colors with the help of big sample strips - screen colors can always differ just a little bit from the real thing. After that, paints can be ordered by number at ThePaintStore.com.
The program can be used for interior and exterior painting jobs. For interior painting, it's best to make pictures with the furniture already in it - then you can match the paint colors to your furniture. You can also give your furniture different colors, if you consider buying a different color couch (just turn the couch into a 'field'). Every 'fields'can be colored seperately. You let the program calculate the natural light-and-darkness (with a mouseclick), and then you'll see how it will look in natural light.
Creating the fields is done with a mouse or a digital pen, you 'draw' them on the screen. A mouse works just fine. At first, preparing a photo takes some time, but the more often you do it, the faster it goes. All in all, the painting sofware only saves you time (and costly mistakes).
After making the fields, you let the program calculate the light-and-darkness values (with a mouseclick), and after that you can change the paint colors at will. Here (and also further down) you'll find more detailed instructions on using this program.
Extra tips for house paint software
When you create fields, use the pumpkin masks. They change the view, to help you define the lines of your field. Click here for more instructions on working with Color Style Studio
When creating fields, first use a strong contrasting color, that also helps to see what you're doing. Create lots of fields (every wall it's own field), then you can play with the colors later. This is good for stronger colors: a whole room in one strong color is too onesided, but different colors can balance each other out, and create a harmony that's lively.
After creating all the fields: give them all the same color (medium grey). After that, you let the program calculate the light-and-darkness ('setting the fields'). When every fields is medium grey, you can easily see wether the light-and-darkness ("field settings") needs some extra adjusting.
Ordering your house paint software
Here you can order Color Style Studio paint color software. It's a download service, so you can immediately start using it. When you include a back-up CD to your order, you can reinstall the program whenever you need to. The backup-cd will be sent to you by mail. I received it a few weeks after ordering - which is not bad, considering it had to be sent to Europe.
But first, install the free trial version, in the right station on your computer (usually: station D). When you order your painting software, it will be installed over this trial version.
Tips for creating color schemes
For creating a color scheme, read something about shading, contrast and interval. You can also pick colors from an artwork - good art works are harmoniously balanced in their colors - every art work contains its own color scheme. You might also consider the effect of colors on your mood, and the way colors may support the function of different rooms. Check here for:
Once you created the fields, you can make as many color schemes as you want to. Take some time for making an interior painting design - make several color schemes of one pictures save them and get back to them on another day. Here you'll find more on creating a painting design
After choosing paint colors, you'll order samples and try them out. Here are two important factors: the underlying surface color or primer color, and the available (day)light. Light from the south is warm (orange)-colored, and light from the north is bluish colored. It makes a big difference for the look-and-feel of your paint colors. One color may look great on this wall, and less good on the other - in the same room. But it can be manually adjusted. Check here for adjusting your paint colors to your available light. Also check the remarks on paint sheen
- Interior paint samples
- Color schemes
- Interior painting ideas
- Interior paint colors
- interior painting design in 7 steps
- Color and mood
- Psychology of color
- Color theory basics
- Interior painting techniques
- Wall painting techniques
- Paint sheen
- Adjusting your paint colors to your available light
- Interior painting tips on color layering
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