Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web

Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > General Publishing Topics

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 02-10-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
Andrew B.
Andrew B.'s Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 3,638
Default Natural Color Schemes

There is a theory that any photograph of a natural setting will always contain a color scheme that works. And I know of one program (Gliftex) that uses this method to generate some of its patterns.

Several years ago I found a way to use Photoshop to generate color schemes from nature photos, and even some other types of photos. But now I don't have the energy to create samples to show this. So I'll just describe it in case someone wants to give it a shot.

1. Select photos of flowers, scenes of nature, or other subjects that you find pleasing.

2. Open in Photoshop.

3. Select Filter|Pixelate|Mosaic. Increase the cell size until you have a set of colors that you find attractive. Observe that as you increase the cell size the colors will average together more and become more muted. So just move the slider up and down to get a feel for what you prefer.

4. If this method doesn't suit you, try Filter|Texture|Stained Glass. Then adjust the Cell Size. This tends to brighten the colors, but they might be useful.

If you don't have Photoshop, look at what you do have. Your bitmap application probably has filters you can use instead. The main idea here is to be able to be able to preview color sets from photos.

Last edited by Andrew B.; 02-10-2008 at 10:18 PM.
Andrew B. is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Help with a PMS Color Clayton Images 1 07-25-2006 09:17 AM
Gertrudis natural media effects Andrew B. Software 11 12-29-2005 11:32 PM
Cost of color? Molly/CA Print Production & Automation 14 09-25-2005 08:33 AM
Font Color JABTE05 Fonts & Typography 4 08-16-2005 03:21 PM
Color Schemes Tool terrie Print Design 18 03-31-2005 12:17 PM

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2018 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.