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Thread: Thoughts on [Digital] Palettes
September 9th, 2010 #1
Thoughts on [Digital] Palettes
I was thinking today (Yeah, I was surprised too).
I feel that sometimes in my work, you can sort of see "photoshop default colour palette" when you look at the colours I've used. Even when it's all blended or rendered, that the palette used has a slight signature in the work.
So I was wondering, what do you guys use for colour swatches? Do you use the Photoshop default, or another? Did you download it or make it yourself? Are there any palettes you'd suggest I try out?
I was thinking that it might be cool to try out a palette based on more traditional oil colours. I would be okay to make one myself, but has anyone heard of one similar that would perhaps save me some time?
Thanks (don't be trollin')
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I don't usually use swatches unless I'm doing something sequential that needs consistent colors across multiple images...
Usually every time I need a new color I just open the color mixing palette and monkey around in there sliding and sampling until I get something I like. Seeing as that palette covers the entire gamut of colors available in Photoshop, I don't generally need anything beyond that.
As a picture progresses I also tend to get new colors by sampling colors already in the picture and then tweaking them in the color mixing palette (I do this when I want more colors that are in harmony with what I already have.)
Another thing I do is I make a small color rough before doing the final picture - then I pick my basic colors off that, and use the color mixer to make new colors based on those colors as I paint. (I guess that's a lot like making a set of swatches to define a picture's basic color scheme.)
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I just pick out each colour individually from the colour picker thing where you see the square of all values and saturation for each hue. Then, once I have a few solid colours down, I mix them and pick from tehm, only occasionally throwing in another colour.
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September 10th, 2010 #7
I wrote a script to generate swatches based on hue, value, and saturation. You can check it out here:
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September 10th, 2010 #8
dose, that's a nice script... It generates A LOT of swatches though. I'm feeling that less is more, for me at the moment anyways.
I ended up creating a limited swatch palette based somewhat on Bob Ross' palette, LOL (Bob Ross is fucking awesome)
- 25% Gray
- 50% Gray
- 75% Gray
- Van Dyke Brown
- Dark Sienna
- Phthalo Blue
- Prussian Blue
- Phthalo Green
- Sap Green
- Alizarin Crimson
- Bright Red
- Yellow Ochre
- Indian Yellow
- Cadmium Yellow
Obviously these are just approximations, but it seems to be just enough to hit all the bases, just barely. I haven't actually tried it out yet, I will do some painting at lunch and see how it goes.
September 10th, 2010 #9