Paint Chip Inspiration – A Pretty Palette

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Barb BrookbankPaint chip palettes are all the rage right now. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a fun ‘paint chip’ inspired layout using your favorite photos.

I’ve chosen a photo of some wildflowers I saw growing in the ditch last summer. I wanted a more muted effect, so I desaturated my photo and gave it a sepia tone. But whether you desire a muted or more vibrant look, I’m willing to bet you will want to create more than one of these fun ‘Pretty Palettes.’

I hope this tutorial will inspire you to notice all the unique and beautiful color combinations surrounding you. It could be from your favorite teacup, a flower, or even from your pet! There are an infinite number of possibilities! I wonder, does infinity have a color?

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step 1: Prepare the Workspace

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) that is 12″x12″ at 300ppi with a white background.
  • Make sure the Rulers are visible. In the Menu Bar, choose View > Rulers.
  • Press Ctrl K (Mac: Cmd K) to bring up Preferences.
  • Choose Units & Rulers and set the Ruler units to Inches.
  • Choose Guides & Grid and set the Grid to show 1 gridline every 4 subdivisions.
  • Click OK.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose View > Grid.

Step 2: Create the Shapes

  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.
  • In the Tool Bar, get the Rectangle tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the down-facing arrow to open the Geometry Options. Choose Fixed Sized and enter 2in for the Width and 3.75in for the Height.
  • On the document, position the cross hairs at 7.75″ for the Horizontal position and 0.5″ for the Vertical position.
  • Click to create the shape. You now have your first ‘paint chip.’
  • Repeat this step 4 more times with the cross hairs at 7.75″ for the Horizontal position but changing the Vertical position to 2.75″, 5″, 7.25″, and 9.5″.

Step 3: Crop and Add Your Photo

  • Open (File > Open) a photo.
  • Get the Crop tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose 11in for the Width and 7in for the Height with a Resolution of 300ppi.
  • Click and drag out a selection around the part of the photo that you want to use.
  • Click the check mark to commit the changes.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Click on the photo and drag it onto the document.
  • Close the original photo without saving it.
  • Move the photo so the top left hand corner is at .5″ for the Horizontal position, and .5″ for the Vertical position.

Step 4: Add Color to the Shapes

  • In the Layers panel, double click on the thumbnail of one of the shape layers to bring up the Color Picker. Your cursor will turn into the Eyedropper tool.
  • On the document, click anywhere on the photo to choose a color and click OK.
  • Repeat with the other four shape layers.
  • Put whatever finishing touches on your page you want. Here’s mine:

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Paint Chip Inspiration – A Pretty Palette (Photoshop Elements)
Kit: “Recollection” by Joanne Brisebois, formerly available to Premier members in May 2011
Font: Rough Typewriter
Layout: “Petal Pushers” by Barb Brookbank
Software: Photoshop Elements 8

Download a PDF version of this “Paint Chip Inspiration – A Pretty Palette” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

 

Step 1: Prepare the Workspace

  • Create a new document (File > New) that is 12″x12″ at 300ppi with a white background.
  • Make sure the Rulers are visible. In the Menu Bar, choose View > Ruler.
  • Press Ctrl K (Mac: Cmd K) to bring up Preferences.
  • Choose Units & Rulers and set the Ruler units to Inches.
  • Choose Guides and set the Grid to show 1 gridline every 4 subdivisions.
  • Click OK.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose View > Show Grid.

Step 2: Create the Shapes

  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.
  • In the Tool Bar, get the Rectangle tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the down-facing arrow to open the Geometry Options. Choose Fixed Sized and enter 2in for the Width and 3.75in for the Height.
  • On the document, position the cross hairs at 7.75″ for the Horizontal position and 0.5″ for the Vertical position.
  • Click to create the shape. You now have your first ‘paint chip.’
  • Repeat this step 4 more times with the cross hairs at 7.75″ for the Horizontal position but changing the Vertical position to 2.75″, 5″, 7.25″, and 9.5″.

Step 3: Crop and Add Your Photo

  • Open (File > Open) a photo.
  • Get the Crop tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose 11in for the Width and 7in for the Height with a Resolution of 300ppi.
  • Click and drag out a selection around the part of the photo that you want to use.
  • In the Options Bar, click the check mark to commit the changes.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Click on the photo and drag it onto the document.
  • Close the original photo without saving it.
  • Move the photo so the top left hand corner is at .5″ for the Horizontal position, and .5″ for the Vertical position.

Step 4: Add Color to the Shapes

  • In the Layers panel, double click on the thumbnail of one of the shape layers as shown to bring up the Color Picker. Your cursor will turn into the Eyedropper tool when you move it over your photo.
  • On the document, click anywhere on the photo to choose a color and click OK.
  • Repeat with the other four shape layers.

  • Put whatever finishing touches on your page you want. Here’s mine:

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Paint Chip Inspiration – A Pretty Palette (Photoshop)
Kit: “Recollection” by Joanne Brisebois, formerly available to Premier members in May 2011
Font: Rough Typewriter
Layout: “Petal Pushers” by Barb Brookbank
Software: Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “Paint Chip Inspiration – A Pretty Palette” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

9 Responses

  1. Nannette
    | Reply

    How fun was that? I see this all the time Pinterest. It really helps me see how colors work together in nature too. It is also exactly what I needed for a layout I am working on and not sure what colors “exactly” I need to put with my photo. Thanks for the fun tutorial.

  2. Susan
    | Reply

    I’m thinking a “SAVE” at the end of step 2 would give me a nice template to use over and over again. Thanks for such a great tutorial.

  3. Barb Brookbank
    | Reply

    Glad you like it, Nannette and Susan! It’s a great template to save!

  4. Linda Burnette
    | Reply

    This was awesome. I look forward to using this when designing Patriotic Cards for my website. Thank you so much, I appreciate!

  5. Linda Laney
    | Reply

    I really like this tutorial as well and also saved my work at Step 2. Now I’m ready to make as many palettes as I like. Thanks so much,
    Linda

  6. Julie
    | Reply

    Thanks you so much – love, love this!! I’m going to make my own little template and use this whenever I want!!! :0)

  7. 4grand
    | Reply

    Thanks Barb – how fun! I will also save after step two. TY

    I love how your picture turned out with desaturating and adding a sepia tone.

  8. Jenifer Juris
    | Reply

    That was fun! Thx for sharing how to do this!!

  9. grammy
    | Reply

    Love the tutorial; thank you! I’ll do as Susan said and save after step 2 so that I can use it over and over.

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