Step-by-step: Creating your own colour collection
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.