Working with nature: 2

Identifying  colour palettes from photos

This is something I’ve done many times before but this time I’m exploring computer programs that automatically extract colours from photos.

In the past I’ve always painted  swatches or wrapped threads to indicate colours.

Having such a large collection of threads made this a relatively easy task.  Painting swatches adds more difficulty because it relies on a certain level of colour mixing knowledge, but I’ve always found it fun to do and I’ll be getting to that in this course soon.

However, at this stage, it’s all about extracting the main colour hues using technology.  It seems that the norm is to photograph, manipulate and crop images using a mobile phone (iphone is the go for my course) and utilize particular apps to analyse them.  That doesn’t work for me for a number of reasons – primary being that I hate mobile phones.  In addition, I have a superb camera that is almost permanently affixed to my hand.

So, having downloaded my photos to the computer, it was time to explore how to extract the information I needed.  After several very engrossing hours (and several cups of tea) and trials of many programs my choice was made: Adobe Color was it.

It’s a versatile program, with a lot of flexibility and options.  There are a range of preset palettes to choose from; Brights, Mutes, Dark, etc. as well as Custom – and that’s just in one part of the program.

I started by using a preset palette and then customised it by moving the colour icons around the photo.

In the part of the program I’ve used it’s only possible to extract 5 main colours but it is enough for what I need in this instance.

Having been asked to select 9 images and colour analyse them, here’s what I’ve produced.

Can’t wait for the next step.

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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7 Responses to Working with nature: 2

  1. nolaarcher says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see where you go with this.

    • Claire B says:

      I’m refusing to spoil the surprises by reading ahead and watching future module videos. So everything I do will unfold without me having preplanned for a certain outcome. Tomorrow should come the next part.

  2. kath says:

    looks great. is this the FA class with Tara?

    • Claire B says:

      Yes, that’s it Kath. Being stuck at home I felt I really needed a goal, something to motivate me to create while being alone for so much of the time and this fits the bill well. I’m hoping I’ll produce enough ideas to give me some starting points when I get back to my normal creative routine at the print studio.

      • kath says:

        cool. have fun. I couldn’t afford this one atm and am enrolled in one of India’s classes and following Sophie and Jude’s also, so have just been doing small exercises when I have time. back to uni next study period.

        • Claire B says:

          This worked out to be more expensive than I realised. Unfortunate that they decided to put an Australian course in US$ when both the organisers and tutor reside here, as do most of the participants. Apparently the tutor has a large US following so it was decided that US residents could pay in their own currency whilst the rest of us got stuck with the exchange rates!
          It’s a fun and interesting course but I’ve seen one or two comments on the pricing structure which haven’t been favourable, my own included.

  3. Jon Amdall says:

    This is really cool Claire. I’m not great trying to pick the right colors, so software giving me a big block and saying, “hey buddy, this is the one” would be just the nudge I need.

    Also, I’m right there with you on editing photos/images on phones. I definitely need the large computer screen for that, it’s just more comfortable.

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