Today I thought I would share a tutorial for creating color palettes from an image. I love color inspiration. Color inspiration can come from nature, fabrics, photographs or from various websites. But, for me I love to look to nature first. I am working on a series of photography that are all flowers. They are one of my favorite subjects to photograph and I also love creating with flowers. Today I’m going to take you through the steps of how I created a few color inspiration palettes with the help of PicMonkey. I hope I can create a series of diy / tutorials to help you when your creating in PicMonkey.
PicMonkey is my new affiliate and I happen to love their free software and use it daily in addition to owning Light-Room.I made a quick Pic Monkey tutorial video on my phone but, had to break it into two sections. I have put them at the appropriate parts below.
Now, onto the tutorial for creating a Color Palette in PicMonkey;
- First have the photograph you would like to use for your color inspiration
- I prefer to have it already edited using the basic editing tools (color, exposure and size are done)
- Save this file to your computer
Here’s the image I wanted to create a color palette from.
Next Upload the image that is ready to create your color palette from you will open it in the Collage feature!
- Using the collage layout feature pick a layout you like and add your main image
- You can rotate the canvas from the bottom by the collage size if needed
Next you will add cells to the bottom area of the collage for your images and drop in your main photo
- Select and drop as many swatches as you want for your cells / place holders
- In order to create a new cell drop the swatches in between the lines of the pre-made template cells
- Add in your main photo above swatches in the large area (this is the last step that cut off in the video)
- Once you have your template the way you like it save it to your computer but, first re-size, pick image quality, name it and then hit save
- Open template file you just made
- Go to overlays (where the butterfly is) and pick geometric shape, grab the square or rectangle and reshape it to the exact size as your bottom cells /placeholders are on the template
- Duplicate it how ever many times for as many cells as you need. To do this right click and select duplicate overlay
Next you will place those black cells /place holders over your template cells. Start one by one and select your colors
- Change your black cells colors by highlighting each cell and using the eye dropper tool (which is in the pop up bar that says overlay next to color and under the numbers) Use the dropper for picking the color from your image.
- Repeat this process until all your cells are the colors you want them to be
Then when you are happy, all your colors are in place next you will rename your file and save it to your computer! Hurrah! Now you can create your own!
If you have created a color palette using this tutorial leave me a link in comments or come share it at our weekly parties. I’d love to see it.
What is your favorite PicMonkey tool?
Visit PicMonkey to sign up for free or to purchase their Royal features! To create a custom image with palette collage you don’t need a Royal account. However I did use the Royal features when editing my rose and for text.
Have you created color palettes before?