By Nannette Dalton
If you are anything like me, you love finding new tools to help you scrapbook. And, it’s even better when those tools are FREE! I would like to share with you a website that has a lot of interactivity and theory involving color.
With the Kuler Color Tool website, you can:
- learn some of the rules of Color Theory (i.e., the differences between an Analogous Color theme and a Compound Color theme);
- have a lot of fun exploring all the different ways of putting colors together;
- find the dominant colors in the photo, then turn them into several different color swatches that would work well together.
In this blogpost, I’ll show you how to tackle the task of creating swatches from a photo using the Kuler website. When you are finished here, jump on over to my latest Digi Scrap Tutorial where I show how to use your new swatches to create a custom striped pattern for your digital scrapbook page. Let’s get started.
Note: The only requirement for using Kuler is a web browser with Flash Player 9 or higher.
Step One: Sign In
- Go to the Adobe Kuler website.
- In the top right-hand corner, click on Sign In, enter your Adobe ID and password, and click Sign In.
Note: This is the same login that you use for your Elements and Photoshop software.
Photoshop Only: Sign In from Within Photoshop (Optional)
Photoshop users can access Kuler and its tools right from within Photoshop.
- In the Menu Bar, choose Window > Extensions > Kuler.
- In the Kuler Window click on the About button.
- Click on kuler to be taken to the website.
- Complete the Sign In.
Step Two: Upload a Photo
- Click on the Create from Image icon.
- Navigate to the location where the photo is stored on your computer.
- Click Open. (Mac: Click Choose.)
Step 3: Choose Your Colors and Save
You will see a list of several different Color Mood choices.
- Click on the Color Mood of your choice.
- Click Save.
- Click Download.
- Navigate to the location where you would like to store the color swatch.
- Click Save.
Note: I usually store my swatches somewhere that I can easily find them. I have a folder just for swatches.
Here is a scrapbook page I created with my Kuler Color swatches. If you’d like to learn how to use Kuler Color swatches to create a custom striped pattern in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, read my Digi Scrap Tutorial—Generate a Custom Striped Pattern.
Paper from Menagerie by One Little Bird, Holiday Sparkle by Michelle Shefveland
Tutorial: Circular Sentiments by Jen White; part of February 2014 Premier.
Fonts: KG-Heart Doodles, DJB CoffeeShoppe Espresso
Author: Nannette Dalton | firstname.lastname@example.org
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