Here is a way to come up with your own colour swatches for your next kit! Feel free to pick up my first series of free colour swatches including 26 aco files for photoshop created by me using the method explained below! Please note I do not claim ownership of this ‘idea’, it is based on a number of tips and pointers I have picked over the years.
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The image selected for inspiration in this tutorial is from interior divine .
1. Open your image in photoshop that you want to pull your colours from. Prepare your layers by having the image on the bottom, a white block in the middle (to better see the colours you chose), and a layer above named colours.
2. Make sure your photo layer is selected and go to Filter -> Pixelate -> Mosaic ….
3. Slide the knob of the cell size until you are happy with your colour selection.
4. hit your ‘i’ key or manually select your eyedropper tool to activate it.
5. Click the colour you like so it sets your foreground that colour. Draw a square on the colours layer and align it left.
6. Now duplicate the colours layer (see Duplicate Layer Quickly in the image below)
7. Now lock the transparent pixels on this duplicated layer (see Colour fill and locking transparent pixels below). and nudge that square to the right until it is where you want it. Grab another colour with your eyedropper tool and hit alt + backspace to fill the square in the new duplicated layer with your new colour. Repeat this process until you are happy with your palette.
8. I am now ready to create and save a swatch.
9. hit your letter ‘i’ or manually select your eyedropper tool. Click on your first colour to make it your foreground colour, then go to your swatch panel and click ‘create new swatch from foreground color’ (see 3 below). If you cannot see your swatches panel, go to Windows -> Swatches. Repeat this until all of your new colours are in the swatch panel.
10. To save your new swatch, click the down pointing arrow in the swatches panel panel to bring up the menu. Then select ‘Preset Manager… .‘ (see 1 below)
11. ctrl + click all the colours of your new palette to activate them then click save set (you could also rename your colours if you like here in this window). Save your swatch in the default directory or somewhere you can easily find it later when you need to load it again. (To load a swatch simply select ‘Load Swatches… .’ from the same menu you selected the ‘Preset Manager… .’ option). Then click done when you are finished.
I hope this was easy to follow. I really appreciate feedback or suggestions so leave some comment love.