Create a Color Palette from a Photo in Gimp

Create a Color Palette from a Photo in Gimp

March 6, 2012
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Here’s a quick and easy way to save a palette of nice colors to use in your gimp design projects. First find a photo with some colors that appeal to you. I’ve used an image called “Tea Still Life” which you may find here:

1. Open your picture up in gimp. From the file menu go to:

  • Windows>Dockable Dialogues>Palettes.

2. From the little triangle in the right hand corner of the Palette Window, select:

  • Palettes Menu>Import Palette



3. When the Import Palette dialogue appears, select the “Image” radio button.
You aren’t going to see a full range of colors for the image right out of the gate. First, name your palette and then you can tweak the color numbers, columns and interval. Check out the example below for reference:

After you are satisfied with the amount of colors displayed, import your palette and it will now be added to your palette dialogue.

If you’d like to learn more about the palette dialogue in gimp, you may find information here:




    1. Wendy March 6, 2012 1:45 pm

      Thankyou for such great tuts, I use Gimp as well as Photoshop (still learning) so these sort of tuts are invaluable to me. HUGE Hugs Wendy xxx

    2. Sweetheart Diary March 6, 2012 5:55 pm

      Such a cute and useful tutorial… thanks!

    3. Mats World May 8, 2012 12:49 pm

      Thanx for the Gimp freebies and all the Gimp tutorials. I appreciate your generosity!

    4. gfive March 7, 2013 10:29 am

      My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!
      Color Palettes

    5. silverchakra May 3, 2013 7:12 pm

      I so appreciate all the tutorials! Is there a way to download all the GIMP tutes at once or into a PDF? If not, do I go to each one individually and save it to refer to when needed, or is one not supposed to do that? Sorry for my ignorance on this subject! LOL! Thanks!

    6. Susan Smith May 3, 2013 8:54 pm

      @silverchakra You could use something like evernote to save them.


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