How to Make a Color Palette from a Photo in Photoshop


How to Make a Color Palette from a Photo in Photoshop

March 6, 2012
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Have you ever made a palette from a photo on ColourLovers? This tutorial is somewhat along the lines of that and it’s really easy! This works great for grabbing colors of a header or etsy banner to make a web design that matches the colors in the image. All you have to do is open a photo or design in photo shop and then go to the file menu>File>Save For Web & Devices and then choose PNG8 or GIF as the image type.

You will then see a color table displayed in the window after choosing PNG8 or GIF. Click on the little button to the right of the color table where there’s a triangle and horizontal lines. At the bottom of this menu there’s an option that says “Save Color Table”.

Saving Your Swatch:

You can save it to the predefined directory, which is will be something like: C:\Users\(Your User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Optimized Colors. I prefer to save my swatches and color tables in their own directory, so when I need to load them I don’t have to root around in my system to grab them quickly. You won’t have to actually save the image, just the ACT file.

 

Next Step: Load Your Swatch

If you don’t know where your swatch window is, from the file menu go to Window>Swatches. In the swatch window, click on the small arrow with the lines next to it.
Select “Load Swatches”, then choose “.ACT” from the dropdown menu and load as shown in the screen shots below.


You will now see the new colors in your swatches window.
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    7 Comments

    1. Jan - Big Brown Dog Primitives March 6, 2012 9:13 pm

      Really helpful, Susan! Thanks for writing about this, it's helped in an area I was pretty sketchy about until now. Anything new I can learn about Photoshop is always appreciated.

      Reply
    2. Yhey March 8, 2012 3:21 pm

      This is sooooo clever! I have always wondered how I could create my own palette to match my photos for scrapbooking or crafts! Thank you so much for this! Big Help!

      Reply
    3. Anonymous January 6, 2013 8:16 am

      Thank you!!!!
      I was looking for this function from so long time. I just found it in Painter, but never discovered in Photoshop. Very very precious gift!!!

      Reply
    4. Anonymous February 23, 2013 8:33 am

      Have you considered doing something similar for the Gimp?.

      By the way, thank you very much for all the very valuable resources you offer.

      Reply
    5. MysticEmma September 12, 2013 6:21 pm

      So useful! Thank you for sharing this nifty trick!

      Reply
    6. Scarlet December 27, 2013 4:39 pm

      Color Palette Generator nice tool to create color palette from any image

      Reply

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