generating color?

generating color?

generating color?

generating color?

generating color?

 

it is important to keep in mind that i am passionate about color … okay crazy passionate … as it helps explain why the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when i hear the following words … “color picker” and “color generator.”

 

before i cut to the quick my thoughts on “generators,”

let me share with you how i create Design Seeds in a nutshell :

 

1. track color and design trends
2. create mental lists of inspiration images that convey trending moods and aesthetics, as well as key trending colors
3. purchase photos and modify them in Photoshop using actions and filters so i can get just the right look and color placement
4. bring the images into Illustrator and mix each color swatch one at a time
5. finally, i export the inspiration from Illustrator for final tweaks in Photoshop, record all the color values, and then upload the palettes up to the Design Seeds site. for information on how to get the color codes for Design Seeds color, please check out my  ”What’s that Color?” post.

 

what do i never to :

1. “pull” colors from the image
2. use the color dropper or any color extraction tools or programs

 

wait right there … i know it may sound contradictory to say i never “pull” colors from photos.  isn’t that the ENTIRE point of Design Seeds?!

 

well, yes and no … stay with me as i will illustrate how i truly never physically “pull” colors from a photo :

 

it starts with the most dangerous talk i hear when talking about color palettes and photos … the infamous dropper tool. we all know Impressionism and Pointillism. you know that when you are in a museum, the colors you see standing 6 inches away from the canvas blend and do amazing things when you step 12 feet away. it’s how these tiny dabs of hues mix through our mind’s eye to create certain color placement and synergy in the painting.

 

the same is true for graphic images. instead of dabs of paint, they are pixels. color droppers pick just one of those pixels at a time. it does not blend many pixels into a color, or view color through a minds’ eye. it is literally one little pixel chosen that generates a color swatch “pulled” from a the photo. see below for how many browns there are in one tiny area of the image in {sprinkled hues}

 

 

in creating this particular palette inspiration, what was important to convey was the trending of mint and lilac. brown and mocha were the driving hues to ground the palette. i wanted a summertime fun feel, so ice cream was a perfect vehicle and naturally grounded the sweet pop colors. you can see how orange the tips of the ice cream are, and the close look at the pixelated view shows beige, burnt umber, and orange i was clearly looking to avoid in this palette. could you imagine the roulette it would be clicking around all those browns with a picker tool? instead, i mixed each swatch focusing on the area of the photo i wanted to capture while considering the blending of all the nuanced browns in the photo.

 

from the color dropper and onto a less widely discussed, but becoming more popular topic. many sites & blogs are starting to share about color extraction programs. extraction programs have algorithms and are created with math which take many aspects of the pixelated color into considered equations. have you ever notice how many colors these programs can offer up to for one image? it is somewhat increasing the odds to generate good color, yet still relying on you to pull the right colors from what it has generated into a focused palette. i sometimes compare these programs to the “magic 8 ball of color.” you may have luck with what the software generates, but it is not consistent.

 

i find color software programs fascinating in considering the knowledge of math science that drives them. that said, we all know design and art are born out of talent, instinct, and heart. why would one suppose color does not require the same? it is that amazingly intangible human quality we are so fortunate to possess which explains why color can rock our world. the quality that a person has that makes them love color, is the same one which is critical in creating palettes.

 

i hope that in understanding the how ( and how-i-don’t create ) Design Seeds color inspiration, you will be inspired that can trust your color
eye. your eye for color is so much better than any eye dropper or color program. next time you see an image you LOVE … trust your instincts as to what color you are seeing that is speeding up your heart rate a few beats per minute. no software or digital tool can match your instincts.

 

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23 thoughts on “generating color?

  1. Color and light have always been my blood and then design…I never use a color generator because i trust my eye and my heart and that is why Design Seeds is so exciting for me…because intuitively i am drawn to your boards and not color cards etc. I also love the moods and feel i get with your boards because of the pictures you put with them. I can’t thank you enough for your passion and bringing it to life so beautifully.Your passion mirrors mine! Linda

  2. I have an OCD for color. I can’t think of anything I’d rather have as it is the driving force of my life. I save every palette and sometimes just sit and look at them. What a high I get from your talent. Jwan

    • thank you Jean … i appreciate your comment & kind words! i never dreamt my passion for color could be actualized as it has, i am extremely grateful.

  3. I always had this crazy passion for colors, I never thought one could translate such passion into something so wonderful. I must say your projects are pure joy to me. Thanks big time for putting such an amazing effort to bring that lively website. Keep up the inspiration!

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