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:
1. Click on the Camera icon on the right hand side and upload your picture:
2. Adobe Color uses themes comprising of five colors and will automatically pick them from your image. Scroll through the different color moods (based on the harmony rules: colorful, bright, muted, deep, dark or custom) to see if you like any of them better. To change the selected colors, you should click and drag the points around on the image.
3. If you want to adjust a color more accurate with color sliders, then click on the Color Wheel icon on the right hand side of the page.
Here you’ll see a color wheel and color slider controls below – you can fine tune your colors now.
4. When you are more then less happy, you can name your new theme, add keywords, save and share it. You can find my ‘Golden etude’ palette here.
5. To download your swatch as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file, click on the download icon and save to your computer where you can find it.
6. Open the folder on your desktop and locate the file:
7. Click and drag this file to your Swatches palette in Photoshop. The result is shown below:
That’s it! You can create and use your unique color themes now.