I love all the wonderful feedback I have received for my Natures Color Combos! Thank you everyone for the inspiration to even make them.. and now to make this tutorial.
Why do you want to know how to make a color pallet? Because you can use your own back yard for inspiration from yarn shopping, dying, or even for painting the interior of your home!
Okay, so here I go. I hope this helps!
Step 1: Open your photo through the Collage tab.
Step 2: Click and drag your photo onto the collage. You will now want to adjust the shape and proportions of the collage. You can click and drag the sides and dotted lines until you get the shape you need.
Step 3: You will probably want to resize your photo. It really depends on the camera you use. I resize most of my photos to be around 600 wide. Then I click on the number towards the right and it will automatically change it to where it needs to be.
Step 4: Click the paint pallet on the left, then change the size of the borders. I like mine at 8.. but everyone is different. You can even change the color of the border.
Step 5: Click on the “Edit” tab at the top of your screen.
Step 6: Edit your photo to your own liking. I like to add highlights and shadows from the “Exposure” tab. Sometimes I like to brighten the colors as well.. but with all the pink's in these rocks I couldn't without causing them to basically glow in red.
Step 7: Click on the butterfly icon (Overlays). Then select the rectangle.
Step 8: Place your first rectangle on the right side. I always tend to guess the exact size its needs to be. I wish I could give you measurements.. but each photo I do is different.
After you place your first rectangle where you need it- “right click” it. Select “duplicate layer”. Line up the next rectangle and repeat until you have 5 rectangles.. or the amount of rectangles you wish to use.
Step 9: Select the rectangle. Click on the color area the arrow is pointing at. Now you can grab whatever color you want from your photo. Repeat for each rectangle until they are all colors from your photo.
Step 10: Tada! You're finished!
Victoria Gonzaleza says
great idea – thanks
OMG!!! This is the best thing! I had no idea. I went thru the steps you provided and was so excited. Just think … if I came across anything (curtain, wall paper, material, wrapping paper) that I loved, I can just take a pic, open in PicMonkey, do a color pallet and wala! I now have the colors of yarn I need to do whatever project I want! This is one of the BEST tutorials EVER. Thank you so much for sharing.
😀 Eeak! I am so glad you like it! Thank you!!
What a great tutorial! This was so easy! Thanks, I see a lot more of these in my future. That’s for sure! 😉
Heather H says
This is so neat!! I just finished one up!! I already use PicMonkey for my photo editing, but would never have known you could do that! Thanks!
Jerrilee R. says
Love this!! Tried it using a pic of hyacinths that I had seen and saved. Followed your steps–Worked great! I am always at a loss as to whether a certain contrasting color would look good, such as green leaves with all the floral colors–now I can do this and know for sure. Thanks so much!
Try colourlovers.com as well! You can make palettes from photos, like this, but can also make patterns from them. I love it!
Hello. You are such a doll!!! You are one of the few people who have websites that really is interested in what I have to say. I can’t thank you enough for taking time out of your busy day to help. You could have kept all this knowledge to yourself – LOL Thanks, thanks and another thanks!!
I have had such fun making colour palettes since you posted your tutorial. I’ve mainly done landscapes, sunsets and flowers, and I’ve been thrilled by the different colour combinations. Thank you!