Step-by-step: Cre­at­ing your own colour col­lec­tion

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Imagine Nation | Artist Q & A -

1 Build­ing and main­tain­ing an in­spi­ra­tion li­brary is a must. Whether you cre­ate it over a long pe­riod of time or you go on an art- col­lect­ing binge, find­ing a col­lec­tion of pieces where colours were han­dled in a way that speaks to you will give you the ma­te­rial you need to build out your own col­lec­tion of colours. 2 CSS Drive’s Im­age Pal­ette Gen­er­a­tor ( www.css­drive.com/im­agepalette) is a free tool that cre­ates Pho­to­shop colour swatch files. By up­load­ing an im­age, it gen­er­ates a pal­ette from a sim­pli­fied ver­sion. When you ap­pend your swatches in Pho­to­shop by load­ing in the new set, they stay grouped to­gether. 3 The ex­cel­lent Coolorus plugin also pro­vides some ex­cel­lent tools such as gamut lock­ing with ed­itable gamut maps and built-in colour har­mony slid­ers. Hav­ing some of the same tools that tra­di­tional artists use like gamut masks can be an way to chal­lenge your­self by us­ing a lim­ited colour pal­ette.

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