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Deciding colors for website is not an easy task. Color is one of the really visual, key parts to any design. And the challenge is to combine color while giving the website a unified and polished look.
There are a lot of methods for choosing a color combination. To build a color palette from scratch I get accustomed to use Adobe Color CC (Adobe Kuler) (you can find more about here: How to Work with Adobe Color CC (Adobe Kuler)), my professional experience and artistic bent :)
I love to use Adobe Color CC app to create color schemes for my designs. That’s pretty easy – a little creativity and modern technology help to save a lot of time generating themes for a project.
The rules for the app are based on a color wheel representation, or how colors arranged according to their chromatic relationship. You can design the theme based on analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound colors, shades or develop a palette according to your custom rules, which let you add swatches in whichever order.
To start working with Adobe Color CC app you should have an Adobe ID.
After signing in you can check the most popular themes in Adobe community or develop a new one. Well, the last is more interesting as for my mind.
There are a lot of ways to create your own theme, let me share with you my favorite one.
Firstly – being a photographer – I like to work with images :) The second reason is that sometimes you have a particular image that should be used as a major part of the overall look and feel. By using colors from that photograph you create a sweet cohesive color palette that works well.
I use this photo for the tutorial:
Sometimes is the best way to get rested is to change your occupation. Oh no, I’m not about stop being a web designer.. I’m about being a designer, but not web-related :)
I like to spend time doing little sweet things – like the one below. So let me tell you about decoupage.
Decoupage can be deceptive. By looking at a finished project, you could think that the process is complicated, but it isn’t. All that you need – paper, white glue, paints and an object where to apply your creativity. If you are able to cut and paste, you already know 50% of the techniques involved.
Here is what I started with:
Photographers paint with light (the light rays collected by the lens (a digital camera uses an array of millions of tiny light cavities) and “draws” an image). Designers have powerful set of programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max and so on, which help to produce and edit images in any specific way. Painters create beautiful pieces of art with brushes, canvas and colors. You can get amazing work with any method above.. and I decided to play a little with oil painting.
What about inspiration?
I’m located at the southern part of Ukraine, the place with a lot of scenic spots. Enough to look around to get inspiration for design usually! It’s autumn at its finest time now and my choice was still life with pears.
Pictures above: Still life with pears – at the very beginning
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