Next, open the photo you want to work with. I chose this image from a recent blog post.
Then create a blank file in whatever size you like and create as many blocks as you want. (See tip below)
First off, select the rectangle tool.
I found at the end I wasn't happy with the layout of some of my blocks. If you keep each block as an individual layer or shape you can simply move them around once all colours are added. It's also a good idea to save a blank template so you don't have to create a fresh one each time.
Go back to the dropper and continue pulling out colours and shades to add to your swatch until you're happy.
Now select the eyedropper tool.
Funnily enough, and I'm not blowing my own trumpet here, but with all my design skillz (ahem) and eye for detail I really struggle with putting colours together. I couldn't imagine how many hours I've wiled away looking for the perfect mix on Google. On the rare occasion I buy new clothes I'm thrown into a panic with anything more than black and white, blue or teal.
So a couple of days ago I was flicking through my phone pictures and I fell a little bit in love with some leaves I shot (oof, sounds a bit graphic) over Christmas. I loved the mad colour mix that nature had thrown together, and you know what? They worked perfectly. I emailed some images to myself and opened them in Photoshop and here's the result of that first leaf collection.
So here's a cheeky little project for you this weekend. Make some super cool colour palettes for your next project (or just for fun).
It's quite surprising how addictive this can be, so be prepared, you may well just be starting off on your new obsession.
Well, we've got our beautiful colour swatch but what use is it other than looking super cute and pretty? If you're following this 'let's try' then I'm pretty sure you're the type of person that will already have ideas coming out all over the place anyway, but I have a few in mind if you're not sure. If you're a graphic designer these are brilliant as you'll always have them to hand to use in your work. Maybe you make jewellery? You could use some nature palettes from your garden to dictate what colours you use in your seasonal pieces. Are you thinking of repainting your home? Well, guess what, most DIY stores can mix specific colours for you, why not print out and take in your palette. How cool will it be when your friends and family are gushing at how you're such a great interior designer!?
Using the dropper, select your first colour. I found that going from light to dark really helped the overall palette.
I hope you enjoyed this Let's Try, I would LOVE to see your results. Why not post them to my Facebook page or you can email me at email@example.com.
Don't forget if you're a subscriber you will also be getting the free 'Crazy Cat Lady' printable I made using my lilac palette.
Here we have some other palettes I made. I just took some random shots around my garden.
Feel free to right click and save and use in your own designs if you like them.
Click on your first block to add your first shade.
Select the paint bucket tool.
There's a couple of ways to do this in Photoshop, you can either save the palette directly into the program as a colour swatch or create files that you can open and print and have at your disposal whenever you like. I prefer my way as I once tried the other option and ended up losing my colours!
Just because I love you, I found a tutorial for the 'hard' way here.
Here's what I did...
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