Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Creating a Swatch Palette from a Photo with Photoshop CS5

Has there been times when you can't decide what colors to choose for your layouts?  You stare at your photo and a blank page and have no clue where to start. An easy way to get started is to use colors right from your photo

  1. Open up your image and go to image>duplicate
  2. You want to make sure you use a copy of your image and not the original
  3. This process will change the look of the photo once the colors have been extracted

  1. Make sure your image is in RGB image mode
  2. Go to Image>Mode>RGB

  1. Next go to Image>Mode>Indexed Color This opens up the Indexed Color dialog box

In the Indexed Color dialog box choose:
  1. Palette: Local (Perceptual)
  2. Colors: 20 (you may choose 256 if you would like more swatches)
  3. Forced: None
  4. Dither: None
  5. Click OK

  1. Now to see the color table you created go to Image>Mode>Color Table
  1. Save your color table by: Clicking Save on the Color Table dialog box
  2. Then go to Photoshop>Presets>Color Swatches folder and click Save

  1. Now go to the drop down menu under Windows and click on Swatches
  2. This opens up the Swatches Palette

  1. To load your color palette go to the Swatches Palette 
  2. Click on the arrow on the top right corner to activate the drop down menu
  3. Choose Replace Swatches
  4. Select your palette from the Color Swatches folder 
  5. Click Open

You have now created your very own personalized swatches!


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