Color Experiment II

Lately I’ve been mesmerized by all the trees that seem to be transforming right in front of me every day. Just looking around I can see an abundance of vibrant colors and some truly fabulous combinations. For my second color experiment I decided to try to capture a sequence of colors from multiple leaves on a single tree. To get started, I selected a bunch of leaves from one tree, brought them inside and took a picture.

Instead of spending a bunch of time optimizing the image to create a custom palette, I decided to try out the Kuler panel that is now integrated into Photoshop CS4.

I think this is a great new feature and they’ve made it pretty easy to search for colors and add them to your swatches panel in Photoshop. However, getting new colors into the Kuler extension is another story. Unfortuneatley, there isn’t a simple way to sample colors from an open image so that you can create a new theme.

They do allow you do insert the foreground or background color into the theme as the “Base Color” so here is the process for building out a new color theme.

First, make sure you’re creating a custom theme by selecting Custom from the Select Rule dropdown. Then select the first color position and click the base color icon (two concentric circles) to make the first slot the base color. Now you can sample a color from your open image and then add the foreground color as the base color. Sample another color and then make slot number 2 the base color before adding it to your theme. Repeat the steps until all five slots have been set.

When your satisfied with the color values you can save them to a file, add them to the swatches panel, or upload the theme to the kuler website.

It was kind of a work around to create a new theme but it’s pretty cool.

  1. Hello, thanks for helping get the word out about the Kuler panel in CS4.

    To pull colors from an image, there’s another workflow.Go to Kuler website (, Create > From an Image, and upload your photo. You can select the colors and save the theme (sign in with your Adobe ID) as an ASE to your desktop and import to Kuler. A few steps, but it’s still a fun feature.

    Kuler Team

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