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Make Your Own Color Palette: A Quick How-To

via Miss Moss

Say you’ve got an image saved on the hard drive of your computer that you are absolutely in love with. Say you keep looking and it and maybe you’re thinking: If only my house could be those colors, I’d die a happy woman! Or maybe you’ve seen these image-turned-color palettes floating around the Internet lately and thought: I bet I could do that . . . how could I do that?

Well, maybe I’ve got the answer for you, right after the jump!

If you have a copy of Photoshop, or Illustrator, or Microsoft Paint on your PC (or Paintbrush on your Mac OSX–here’s a free download!), just open it up, open your photo, and then locate the eye dropper in your toolbox. It looks a little bit like this:

Using that tool, click on a color you’d like to include in your palette, and then use that color to create a square, or rectangle, or whatever shape you prefer. (In my example below I’ve made a rounded square. Schfancy!) Then click the eye dropper tool again, select another color, and on you go! See? It’s too easy, really.

There are also websites you can use to cull colors from a favorite photo to create a custom palette. Personally, I prefer Color Hunter.

You can either upload an image or copy the URL of the photo on the Internet, click “Search Color Palettes” and there you have it! From there, you can use your copy of Photoshop or Illustrator or what have you to combine the photo and the palette into one nice image.

Then, print off your color palette and take it to the paint store and have your custom colors mixed, and taduh! You are so clever.

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