Tutorial: A Palette Changes its Stripes

As much as I love my colorful stripe-y palettes (and I do), even I am occasionally in the mood for something a little fancier. Here’s one of my favorite ways to change those stripes:

Change stripes to dots with this Photoshop tutorial

Talk your palette into changing its stripes with this easy Photoshop tutorial! (Note: As for all my Photoshop tutorials, I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014*.)

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Catch the Wave: Alter a Palette for Fun!

In my last post, I introduced you to the idea of easily expanding the color range of a basic color palette by using the Mosaic filter in Photoshop. Now, starting with that expanded palette, we’ll take it to another level to create The Confetti Wave Palette! And when we’re done, I’ll show you some of my favorite ways to use this super-fun new version.

Let’s start with a new palette, with a sneak preview:

From palette to party!

If your simple palette needs a little dressing up, transform it into this party-worthy version, complete with confetti!

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Expansion Plan: An Easy Way to Add Colors to your Palette

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:

Rose-inspired palette

This rose-inspired palette will soon expand far beyond the 5 hues shown here. Later, I’ll show you what happens when I use the same 5 colors in different proportions. (Click the palette to see it on ColourLovers.)

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Hip to be Square: Creating & Using Mosaic Backgrounds

Filed under Good News & Bad News: The good news is that Shutterstock, one of the largest stock photography companies, has accepted my work to sell on their site! Yes, I’m already selling some of my images on my own site (in the Digital Graphic Files collection), so why sell on Shutterstock too? Well, primarily because they do the work of formatting my images in a range of sizes, making it easy to find just what you need, and also because they reach a huge world-wide marketplace. Good news, indeed.

Original rose photo on Shutterstock

One of my rose photos that’s now available at Shutterstock. (Click the photo to go directly to it.)

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We Heart Palettes: A Love-Type Tutorial

Valentines. Hearts, flowers, pink, red, shiny, chocolate-y, sparkly, sweet— today, they’re all around us, in fact, we can’t get away from them. But here’s the thing: I really wanted to show you a quick Valentine-esque project, one that would show you an easy way to apply a color palette to the most basic typographic design— but I didn’t want to throw even more saccharine-sweetness at you. So I designed this graphic, bold thing to be merely the vehicle for adding a bunch of useful skills to your own design toolkit:

LOVE card design

I’ll show you how to create this simple design using Adobe Illustrator, from applying a color palette to creating transparency— all of which can be applied to virtually any typographic design!

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A Musing Tutorial: Create a Photo/Palette Montage for a Facebook Cover Image

Since we’ve been working hard in November to add more downloadable photos and their related color palettes to Colormusing’s new online shop, I thought I’d take a break and show you something simple-but-stunning to do with them: A 2-layer montage to use as a Facebook cover image!

Here’s what I’m starting with for mine: The Peaches I photo and its coordinating palette, Just Peachy.

Photo + palette = montage

Photo + palette = montage (it’s the New Math). I’ve blended the palette and the photo (at left) together into the montage on the right.

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Just Added: Colormusing’s First Downloadable Photo Collections!

I’m super-excited to announce that Colormusing is expanding its Digital Graphic Files Collection to include our own style of “stock” photography— a little different from the hyper-slick, rather generic stock photography that’s widely available. Although they’re high-quality images with (of course) beautiful colors and details, these are a bit more real-looking than typical stock offerings, which makes us believe that they’ll actually be more versatile!

For example, take a look at these single-image-download photos (click on a photo to go directly to its Colormusing listing):

Peppers I photo Peaches I photo Fresh Herbs photo

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