Quick Tip: Color Palettes

Choosing the right color combinations for any art projects or presentations can be often a very daunting thing. Do your colors work well together, isn’t the combination too dark or too bright etc. I’ve found a useful trick that can help you get inspired for a palette based on a picture/photo of your liking.

Here are 2 example pictures for this quick tutorial.

Diamond beach - Iceland - Seascape photography“Diamond beach – Iceland – Seascape photography” by Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com) is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Sahara Desert From the Space Station's EarthKAM“Sahara Desert From the Space Station’s EarthKAM” by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Use any vector graphics software (even Paint will work) and import your images. I like to place my palettes in circles but feel free to do it your own way. Remove the outline of the circle and with our circle selected, click on the dropper tool. Click on the image to select your first color, move along the image to pick the darker or lighter shade. Once you like the selected shade, click off to deselect everything or click escape and duplicate your circle, placing it right to next to the first one. Now follow the same steps, select your second circle, pick the dropper tool and pick your next shade. Continue for as same shades as you wish.

Once you’ve picked all the shades, click on the first circle and locate the color tab (might be called Fill & Stroke depending on the software you’re using). Under RGB you’ll see the values defining the color. Note these values under each of the circles, so that each time you’ll use the palette you’ll get the exact same color.  

Color palette 1

Color palette 2

PPT Theme Example: To use your new palette as a theme in powerpoint, open a blank presentation and navigate to the Design Tab -> Variants (More) -> Colors -> Customize Colors. Below pop-up window will show.

Click on the color Text/Background – Dark 1 which sets dark text color for light background. Navigate to Custom tab and fill in the RGB values. Continue for dark background in the same way, then fill in the Accent colors.

In my first example I have 5 colors – 1 is text color and other 4 will be accent colors. I’ll leave accent color 5-6 and Links undchanged for now. Once setup name your theme and hit Save.

Now you can create a ppt with your color scheme, here are some examples how to use them:

Color palette 1 ppt

Color palette 2 ppt