By clarklab in All on Date 04/10/2008

Photoshop Quicktip: Generating Color Schemes

Sometimes selecting the perfect color scheme for your design is tricky. It just got a little easier.

Today I've got just a quick tip aimed at making selecting colors a tiny bit easier. Basically, you take an image with some color you like, open it in Photoshop, and you end up with a saved color table file (.ACT), which you can load as a color pallete for use in Photoshop. For this example, I'm going to be using the FireFox logo:

Open the image in Photoshop, then select File > Save for Web & Devices:

In the Save for Web dialog, select GIF, then select the number of colors you want saved to your pallette. I used 8 here, but 4 or 6 would be good too, it really just depends on the image sampled. Next, click the Color Pallete Menu button (the small circle with the arrow in it).

Select Save Color Table, and you can pick a folder to save it to. Name it something you'll remember or you'll quickly end up with a bunch of unlabled files.

Now, in the Swatches window, you can click the Swatch Options (the little list and arrow icon) and load your saved color table file. I know this method isn't an exact science, but its fun to pick random images and see what colors it pulls. Sometimes you end up with some really nice stuff.

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