Creating Digital Color Palettes
June 5, 2012
You know how you take a picture of a colorful scene or stumble across a space you see online and you just fall in love with the color palette? It happens to me all the time. Often it’s an image I’ve snapped while I’m out and about, other times it’s a striking room, tablescape, or vignette I store in my inspiration files on Pinterest. Well, there’s an easy way to create a digital color palette from your inspiration images in a few steps.
I’ve sung the praises of Pixlr here and here – it’s a online photo editing program very similar to Photoshop Elements (not a paid or sponsored post, I just dig it!). Pixlr has a great tool you can use to pull colors from your favorite photos to create digital color palettes. If you’re in need of inspiration for a room redesign, here’s a fun way to do it.
I shot the above image of some cute little kids playing on the beach in So Cal a few weeks ago. I loved the whole scene, especially the oranges, corals, and blues and the sandy colors too – the perfect summer scene. To create the color palette you see to the right, I followed these simple steps.
Step 1: Open Pixlr and open your image.
Step Two: Click on the large rectangle where the blue arrow is pointing to trigger the color generator.
You’ll notice that the color selector pops right up with several choices (seen below).
Step Three: Select the IMG tab and you’ll see all the colors from the image instantly appear under that function.
Pick a color from any of the selections and notice how the hex triplet number pops up too (for those savvy in HTML this is a nifty tool for selecting colors for web fonts or web pages).
Select the color with the arrow key and click “OK”.
Step Four: Select the Paint Bucket Tool on the toolbar shown below.
Go up to “file” and select “new image” and an Untitled image will appear. Drop the paint bucket color directly on top of the new image.
Save the new image as your first color.
Continue repeating steps Three and Four to generate as many solid color images as you like.
Step Five: Create a collage with your inspiration and color images.
PicMonkey is a lot like the old Picnik and it has many collage choices. Photoscape is also great, but only for PC users. Select a layout you like then drag your images to the location you want it to create an instant color palette with your image.
You’re done, sweet!
Want to see six more examples of inspiring color medleys? Don’t miss my latest post on the My Colortopia blog on discovering fresh summer color palettes with more images taken from other summer outings!