Creating a Color Palette
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial
How to Create a Custom Color Palette in Photoshop
Careful color consideration can make or break a design. One method of developing a color scheme involves selecting only a few hues.
By varying the lightness of the selected hues you can create a pleasing palette for your project.
Open a new blank Photoshop document (File > New). Set the size to 8 inches by 10 inches at 300 ppi.
Drag guides from the rulers to create a series of rows and columns. In this case we will have two rows of colors and five variations of each color.
Using the Rectangle Selection tool, select the center swatch in row one and fill with a color using the Paint Bucket tool.
Marquee Select the center swatch in row two and fill with a compatible color using the Paint Bucket tool.
Using the Eyedropper tool, sample swatch #3 and marquee select swatch #2.
Open the Foreground Color picker. Fill #2 with the same color as #3 minus 10 in the brightness setting.
As the colors move from left to right, the only variation is a 10 unit step in the brightness value.
Document each color with the RGB, HSB and Web Hex values. This concept can be expanded to include more than just two hues.