Tip Share :: How to Make a Color Palette

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UPDATED, July 2011:

Hey everyone! I recently went through my Tip Share posts, and have been slowly reworking some of them. After reading through my instructions for this Tip Share, I shook my head at myself. It was kind of long and kind of confusing, so I took some time to make a video showing you how to create a color palette in Photoshop Elements. I’d recommend clicking the fullscreen button to watch the larger size (it’s the fourth icon from the left, looks like an arrow inside a square).

Rather just download the free template? You can find that here.

Any questions, let me know. Hope you enjoy!


22 Responses to Tip Share :: How to Make a Color Palette

  1. Thanks for the tips, so so easy! The blog walk sounds like fun…look forward to hearing more 🙂

  2. This is all brilliant. I am off to try them all and see what I like best. I think that the Photoshop looks like the best deal, but that means that I have to get that program up and running again on my computer. But I will persevere because I really want to participate in your fun!
    Enjoy the day!

  3. I'm so glad this could help you guys!

    I know that the Blog Walk is over, but I'd love to see what you guys come up with, either randomly or on Color Palette Fridays! I love me some palettes.

  4. Fantastic job on the video, Brandi. I have advanced beginner skills in Photoshop and learned an easier way to do a palette. I first saw color palettes on your blog and absolutely love them. I’m planning on doing color palettes for my jewelry on my blog. Thanks for the palettes and video. Marvelous job!

  5. Hi Brandi, I just “found” this and I’m thrilled! I’ve been wanting to find a way to do this and couldn’t ever find a way where I liked the end product. This is just perfect. So well done and easy to understand. I’ll be using this a lot! Thank you so much for posting it. –Sally

  6. You have no idea how happy I am now that I have found your website! You have so many wonderful tips that I can’t wait to try. First, I have been trying to create color palettes on by blog for months now and they are just not turning out to be what I had originally envisioned. I recently purchased elements 10 and am looking forward to reading your tutorial, thanks for sharing, as there is limited information out there.

  7. Hi Brandi! I’ve so wanted to do these color palettes, and this is such a great tutorial … thank you so much!! I am having a problem though, and I am ‘stuck’ at this point … first of all, I have a desktop Mac, and I’m using PSE9 … once I make the first color swatch, then go to ‘alt’ and ‘click’ my mouse to move that first swatch so they duplicate and make new layers, they duplicate, but do not make the new layers!! They’re all still on the same layer! I’ve done this over and over wondering what I’m doing wrong, or, if maybe I have some wrong setting, but they all still stay on the original layer, not making the additional layers down the side panel as your tutorial shows! Can you help me? I hope I explained it well enough! I’ll look forward to hearing from you, but in the meantime, I’ll keep trying!! 🙂 Thanks ever so much!!

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    • I’m also emailing you directly, but in case others have the same problem:

      Okay, when you Alt/Option + Click, do you have the Move Tool selected? And is it creating another swatch that resides on the same layer, or just not creating a new swatch at all?

      What I would do is try duplicating the swatch, either by hitting Command + J on your keyboard, or by going to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Then using the Move Tool, and clicking on the individual layers, move them into place where they need to be. Give that a try and let me know what happens!

  8. Hi Brandi,
    Thanks for taking the time explaining the color palette. It did help a lot, your explanations are very clear!

  9. Unfortunately, I have a REALLY old version of Photoshop and I cannot find a ‘paint bucket’ tool. It must have been a later addition to the program.