I'm sure you've seen photographs online which include a group of colour swatches. They are a great way to add a little extra detail to your images and make them stand out. They're surprisingly easy to create too. Just open up Photoshop, grab that photo and 10 minutes later, you've got a lovely, eye-catching image to use.
CREATING SWATCHES FROM A PHOTOGRAPH
All you need to know is how to use clipping masks, the shape builder and the eyedropper tool.
The example in the video uses rectangles, but you can use any shape you like for the swatches. They can be placed below the image, in a column along one edge, or you can sit them on top of the image itself.
If you are using swatches that sit on top of the photo, adding a stroke around the shape helps it stand out against the background.
WHAT WOULD YOU USE THEM FOR?
Colour palettes can be used for more than just branding your business.
They work well with room makeover. People don't always feel confident combining colours. If you are using room shots in your blog posts, why not add an image with a colour scheme. You could explain your reasons for choosing these colours, where your inspiration came from, why it works well, etc.
If you're a fashion or accessory blogger, adding a few colours to a photo is a nice way to add a design touch. There are so many outfit images on social media, it might help your images stand out a little more.
If you photograph ideas for event planning, table settings, children's parties, garden design or flower arrangements, sharing the colour scheme behind your image gives you more detail to write about in your blog post.
Craft projects can also look great when accompanied by colour schemes. You could use this on images of fabric or yarn for sewing and knitting projects. Images could suggest colour ways for jewellery design or home decor DIY.
It's certainly not limited to design briefs. People find colour palettes inspiring and shareable.
This video walkthrough will show you how to:
- size your photo using a clipping mask;
- draw shapes to create your swatches;
- use the eye-dropper tool to select colours for each swatch; and
- adjust or change the swatch colours.
If you're looking for new ideas for your blog post images, this might be something you can add to your visual mix.
As you can see in the video, they're so easy to create. Once you've a layout you like, you can save this as a template. Next time, it will just be a case of dropping your photo in and changing the swatch colours.
A quick and eye-catching way to illustrate your posts.