Here’s something I recently discovered by accident (isn’t that always the way?): Starting with one of my color palettes, which typically have a maximum of 5 colors, I can expand that palette into 8-1o colors— and it’s super-easy to do!
Let’s start with a palette that’s divided evenly into 5 colors:
Tip: Remember my photo-into-mosaic tutorial? The same tip for your image size applies here: If you’re using a 200-pixel-size mosaic, you’ll want your image size to be a multiple of 200. For example, mine is 3600 x 2600 pixels.
Step 1: Duplicate your palette layer.
Step 2: Choose the Mosaic filter.
Step 3: Choose your Mosaic Cell Size.
Once you find a Cell Size that gives you an effect you like, Click OK— and you’ve gone from 5 to 9 colors in your palette, just like that! Cool, no?
Tip: As for all my Photoshop-based tutorials, I’m working in Photoshop CC 2014; as long as your paint program has the ability to create layers, you should be able to do everything I do in Photoshop, including with Photoshop Elements.
BONUS ROUND: Here’s the same palette, but with the colors in different proportions:
Now let’s see what this palette will look like, following the same steps as above:
So there you have it: My super-simple technique for expanding a basic palette into something really artistic!
Your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Experiment with palettes with 3, 5, or 10 colors to see what effect the Mosaic Filter technique has on them. Then change each palette’s colors into different proportions and try the same thing again. You get bonus points if you comment here (with pictures, please) to tell me your ideas for using your beautiful and newly-expanded palettes!
I’m thinking have them printed on canvas (seriously, have you ever noticed how much wall art is simple stripes?), custom fabric (Spoonflower is my fave), print them out to use for scrapbooking projects, print on card stock, then cut the paper into strips to use as bookmarks…
How am I putting this tutorial to use? Ever since I discovered this, I’ve been applying it to all the palettes I’ve uploaded to my catalog on Shutterstock; you can look at all I’ve uploaded so far right here.
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