Thursday, 28 October 2010

An artist’s use of online colour palette generators

There are a number of colour palette generators available online. Just type “colour palette generator” and then “color palette generator” in Google and you will find a comprehensive list.



The most useful generators are the ones where you upload a photograph (or indicate the URL of a photograph) and the online tool generates a palette from the image. I selected the Color Palette Generator on the CSS Drive website for this article.

The first use of the tool, if you are a painter, is to generate a palette from your reference photograph. This gives you a good indication of the colours and hues you could use for the painting. This is interesting because the palette generated may be different from your usual palette. This way, you can grow your colour vocabulary.




A second use of the online palette generator is to create a palette based on the final painting. If you do that with several of your paintings, it may show you your colour bias.

Relaxing at Mevagissey - Oil on canvas by Benoit Philippe


You get even more interesting information when you compare the palette obtained with the final painting with the palette generated by the tool from your reference photograph.

 

2 comments:

pascale said...

That's a very interesting article Benoit. I'm sure this tool could have many other uses.
Thanks.

Scarlet said...

Palette Generator is another nice tool to create color palette from any image