Colour defines the mood of any painting. Choosing a strong colour palette is one of the most important aspects of creating affecting artwork and is something that can be initially daunting.
The best way to start is to work with a limited palette – just a few colours that work well together – Adobe Color makes it easy to create such a scheme by allowing you to pull the colours directly from a photograph.
Open Adobe Color and click the plus button to create a new colour theme, then select your chosen photograph. The app will instantly identify major colours in the composition, which will be highlighted by small circles and place swatches at the top of the screen.
If you don’t like Adobe’s chosen colours then you can select your favoured ones by moving the circles. You can also select the preferred mood by touching the smiley face in the botton right-hand corner.
This powerful tool allows you to pull different colour schemes from the same photograph.
When you are happy with the swatches, simply press the tick and name your new theme. It will then be uploaded to the Cloud and accessible from Photoshop.
In Photoshop you will find your new theme under the Libraries panel.