How To Use Photos You Love To Create an Amazing DIY Color Palette Series – Part 2

Blog post written by Charlie Albright
Find out how to use a photo you love and the colors within it, to create your own color palette. Regardless of what your next DIY project is- a new web design, blog theme, brand makeover or one of a more crafty nature like painting or home decorating, we’ll show you the proven 5 step process to go from photo to palette!
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In Part 1 of How To Use Photos You Love To Create an Amazing DIY Color Palette, we spoke about choosing a photo you love (even though you may not really understand why you do) from Instagram or Pinterest or wherever that is, that’s your go-to place for storing the photos you love. The intent for the photo was for it to serve as a way to follow along with this blog post series. If however, you’d rather watch how it’s done before you get your hands dirty then by all means follow along with the example and see how I used this process to create my color palette for my upcoming series of artwork.

In Part 2 of this blog post series, we’ll show you how to implement Step 2 which is all about revealing the colour combinations that are hidden within the photos you love.

Before we start Part 2, if you need Part 1 or Step 1, you can find it here:

Part 1: How To Use Photos You Love To Create an Amazing DIY Color Palette

Step 1: Choose A Photo You Love

Step 2: Unveil The Beauty Of The Photo You Love

Once you’ve selected your favorite photo, what you now need to do is pull out the colors from it. There are various ways and tools to do this, but in my pursuit the quickest and most versatile tool I found to do this was Color Palette Fx. It’s free, supports a wide range of image file types, doesn’t have an annoying file size limit and extracts about 20 colors which gives you a good wide range to play around with. Oh and it also allows shows you colors that harmonize with the ones from the photo (hopefully you should already have most of those colors in the photo!), and allows you to construct your own color palette using the ones extracted. Also, if you prefer to see your colors in HSV, then you can use their second, alternative interface.

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Step 2: Unveil The Beauty Of The Photo You Love

The photo I personally used generated the following color palette. It was the first one from their PR release of the Norsu Art Lab concept store launch. I’ll add a link to it at the end of the post, so you can check it out.

What I like about Color Palette Fx is that it pulls a generous number of colors, unlike some of the other tools I found in my quick Google search which only created a handful. And I like this because I feel like it gives me enough wiggle room to find enough colors I like to create my own custom color palette.

See you in Step 3!

Charlie Albright

The world: ignites in me, a sense of curiosity. My mind does not settle until it can comprehend, until it understands. For the physical world, creation has always been my enduring method of choice. For the spiritual world, all-encompassing practices like yoga and meditation, a belief in a higher energy, and writing have always been the soothing and balancing tools I have returned to, to re-ground myself. This is my journey of self-expression. Through written words and different forms of art. To my soul, my inner essence.

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