Saving Time With Colour Palettes

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Time Saving Tips

In this blog I thought I would share with you some of the time saving tips I have collated over the years working with colour palettes in Adobe applications. So, in no particular order (as I find them all useful)…

Tip #1 – Brand Guidelines

Many corporates and organisations have pre-defined brand guidelines which will generally contain a colour palette. Get a hold of these before you start work on anything and set the colour swatches up in your applications before beginning a piece of work. This should keep the brand police at bay.

Tip #2 – Import PDFs

This is related to the brand guidelines tip above. Most organisations will provide you with their brand guidelines in a PDF document and often they contain little colour blocks for each of the colours they are defining. Did you know though that you can import a PDF into Photoshop? If you do this, then you can use the eye dropper to define your swatch palette from the colour blocks.

A picture sjhowing where the eye dropper tool is located
Photoshop Eye Dropper Tool Location

Tip #3 – CMYK or RGB

For work that is intended for printing, use CMYK. For work that will remain digital and on a screen use RGB.

Tip #4 – Colour Palette Generators

If you are not having to adhere to branding guidelines, then there are a host of colour pallete generators out there that can come up with complimentary colour schemes for you. Just Google “colour palette generator” and pick one that you like.  We like Canva as it allows you to upload a picture and then the palette will be built for you.

Tip #5 – Use Creative Cloud Libraries

With Adobe, you can create libraries. These libraries can contain colour palettes. As a library can be used by any of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator etc) then you can easily share the same colour palettes between all applications to ensure consistency.

Library colour swatches
Colours in a Library

We hope you find these tips useful and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


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