Creating a Color Palette

Creating a Color Palette

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Create a 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.


Step One

Open a new blank Photoshop document (File > New). Set the size to 8 inches by 10 inches at 300 ppi.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

Using the Rectangle Selection tool, select the center swatch in row one and fill with a color using the Paint Bucket tool.

Step Four

Marquee Select the center swatch in row two and fill with a compatible color using the Paint Bucket tool.

Step Five

Using the Eyedropper tool, sample swatch #3 and marquee select swatch #2.

Step Six

Open the Foreground Color picker. Fill #2 with the same color as #3 minus 10 in the brightness setting.

Step Seven

As the colors move from left to right, the only variation is a 10 unit step in the brightness value.

Step Eight

Document each color with the RGB, HSB and Web Hex values. This concept can be expanded to include more than just two hues.

Saving a Color Palette

Once you have determined the colors for your project, don't forget to load the colors into the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) and save your new palette.


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