Freebie :: Color Palette Template

Last Friday, I offered a free color palette template download (say that three times fast). Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested, but I’m so glad you are! The more, the merrier, I say, and I’m hoping you’ll take this and a) make them your own, b) start posting lots of palettes, and/or c) participate in the next Color Palette Blog Hop (details coming later – and yes, this is kind of a bribe to get you to participate).

My goal was to have a few templates for you to use and play with. But my weekend was so busy with the pending shop move, something had to give. After staring at the computer screen for hours on end for days on end, my left eye has developed a lovely twitch. Try as I might to get it all done, I couldn’t stand to sit in front of my laptop any longer. There goes my dream of being an Adobe Illustrator mega-wizard.

I will say that I learned something about myself – I tend to be kind of wordy with instructions. My thinking is, let me give you all of the information you could possibly need before you ask for it (if you’ve been a reader for any amount of time, you know this already)! But this compulsion means I stress out if I can’t do it exactly the way I want to. So, one download is all I’ve got for you. It also means that the Color Palette Blog Walk needs to wait till I clear some of these to-do items off my plate (but it will be coming!).

And also, this post proves my point exactly.

Anyway, the template. Click the first palette image above or click here to download. It’s a PSD file, so you’ll need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to open and use it (or possibly GIMP – I haven’t tested it with that program). It’s yours to use however you like.

If you’ve never made one yourself, or aren’t super familiar with Photoshop, there are different layers that go into making a palette, so make sure that you click on the layer you’d like to use. I’ve already made a clipping mask layer for your photo; just resize it down a little (the photo area is 500px wide by 333px tall), then paste it on the indented, Clip Photo Here layer shown above.

Each color swatch is also on its own layer. Click the Foreground Color box to choose a color from your photo, then use the Paint Bucket tool and pour your color directly on top of the different aqua swatches I have on the template (make sure the layer you want is actually selected first).

If you’ve got a vertical photo instead of a horizontal one, do Image > Rotate > 90 degrees left to rotate the template.

When you’re done, make sure to Save As a JPEG or PNG file (both are photo files so that you can share them on your blog). I tend to save the PSD as one file (so I can easily make changes), then save it again as a photo file.

The final template dimensions are 500px wide by 433px tall.Β Want to try your hand at making your own color palette from scratch? I’ve got a Tip Share for that right here.

Have fun!


14 Responses to Freebie :: Color Palette Template

  1. Woot!
    Thanks for doing the hard stuff for me, Brandi! I love this. And will definitely NOT have an excuse to join your next blog hop!
    Enjoy the day!

  2. This is great! So nice of you to do the hard work and just let us download the file and start playing! I definitely want to join in on a color palette blog walk when you start one πŸ™‚

  3. Yeah! I hate to sound ignorant, but I am, at least with this… I've got Elements 7 (I believe) and am wondering should I download this into a certain folder? If you don't know, that's okay, I'll play around, but I thought I'd ask. Thanks so much for doing this! I think we're all going to have a lot of fun.

  4. Thanks guys! Glad you like it. πŸ™‚

    Janet, it doesn't matter which folder you download it to, but I'd suggest choosing a folder that's easy for you to remember where it is, like your Pictures folder. Or, create your own color palette folder on your hard drive – I've got one of those so I can keep track of all the ones I've done!

  5. OMG I did it! Took me a second to figure out how to use the bucket to pour the colors, but, I actually created one.

    I need to hire you as my personal elements coach.

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  6. Thanks for the template, it was just the inspiration I was looking for. I'm looking forward to your blog hop and hope to participate.
    Thanks again

  7. Thanks for the template! I'm practicing with it right now for the Color Palette Blog Walk and have kind of a silly question. For some reason it won't let me cover the aqua box with my own color using the paint bucket. I have the right layer selected, so I'm not sure why it's not working. I'd really appreciate the help, thanks!

  8. Hi Brandi !!
    Ohhh thank the Lord I found your blog… especially THIS post. I have been trying for a few days now to understand a colour palette tutorial and ‘actions’ on a certain well known blog. Far too complicated for me and I was totally lost and frustrated in jargon. You have explained very easily to me HOW to create a colour palette in PSE and I’ve done it ! Yeah… so now i can link up with ‘ColourMeWeekly’ at LeavesnBloom, the same as you. Thankyou!
    And now to follow you too. Jennie. xxx

  9. THANK YOU!!!! I have been struggling to make my own palettes in Photoshop and just could not get the templates right. This tutorial was simple and easy to understand.

  10. Thank you so much for this. I found it on a google search for a colour palette generator/maker and it is exactly what I needed and was struggling to come up with. I wanted it for a specific project, using photos to inspire my textile work, but I can see so many more uses, including just good fun for it.
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