To use a home color visualizing tool, start by uploading a photo (if given the option) or choosing from stock photos of homes, then select a paint color from the palette provided and finally, click on the picture of the home's exterior to virtually paint the house in the selected color. Many major paint companies offer color visualizing tools with exterior options, including Sherwin-Williams, CertainTeed, Benjamin Moore and Dutch Boy. The specific interface for each paint tool is slightly different, but all use similar methods to allow visitors to test different paint options.
Uploading a personal photo of the home's exterior allows the user to best visualize their own home in a different color. Most paint visualizing tools have an upload button allowing the user to upload a photo saved to the computer. Once uploaded, the user selects an area of the photo to receive the color with tools in the program. If the user prefers to use a generic photo, they can choose one from the program's stock photo options.
With the photo selected, the user then clicks on a color from the program's paint options, which often appear as small squares. Some color visualizing tools offer a variety of different color collections or different color families. Once a color has been chosen, users can then click on the house photo to change the exterior color.