Research Point 2: Digital Colour Resources

Although textiles is predominantly explored physically, this research prompt encourages us to look at a variety of digital colour resources. In order to experiment with these websites and compare them I decided to use a photograph I have taken as the inspiration for building colour palettes. The photograph of a hat made of feathers from Worthing Textile Archive which was blurred however I liked the muted tones of the photograph and wanted to see whether the photograph could be used as colour inspiration.

Adobe Color CC

Adobe Color CC allows you to import and image and it will pull out a colour scheme for you based on the “themes” colorful, bright, muted, deep, dark and custom. The presets gave the following colour palettes for the feathered hat:

colorful
bright
muted
deep
dark

The custom option allows you to select 5 colours of your choice by moving the selectors around the image.

The colour schemes can be saved once you have signed into Adobe ID and after signing in, you can edit and access the RGB and HEX codes of each colour chosen.

The colour scheme can be saved to Creative Cloud which in theory can be opened in Illustrator etc however I seemed to struggle to access the file so it would probably be easier to just use the HEX codes listed.

Mudcube Colour Sphere

This website allows you to specify the RGB or HSB codes of one colour (or to pick a colour using the cursor) and then produces palette based on neutral, analogous, clash, complementary, split-complimentary, triadic, tetradic, four-tone, five-tone or six tone. Basing all the colour palettes on the same shade of purple using HSB (298,74,37).

Neutral
Analogous
Clash
Complementary
Split-complementary
Triadic
Tetradic
Four-tone
Five-tone
Six-tone

I am a bit bemused that when I specify the HSB code, the RGB and HEX codes don’t match those generated by Adobe Colour CC so it might be most useful to use the Adobe program to select colours which should be compatible with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

Color Halipixel

Color Halipixel is very different to the other websites in that you are presented with a very minimal screen as shown below:

The way that this one works is that when you move your cursor across the screen the colour of the background changes with the box in the centre displaying the HEX code. The spectrum of colours is represented by moving horizontally across the screen and the tone is changed by moving vertically with black being at the top and white at the bottom. Scrolling up and down increases or decreases the saturation of each colour. Clicking allows you to save a colour to build up a palette and you can select a greater number of colours than Adobe Color CC (up to 42). Clicking the cog symbol at the bottom shows the RGB settings and allows you to tweak them using arrows to increase/decrease each component.

Color Hunter

Color Hunter also allows you to upload an image however it will only load smaller image files. The palettes created are made up of five colours with the option to toggle between a brighter palette and more muted version.

Clicking the colour chip takes you to other colour palettes containing that shade.

CoLRD

CoLRD also allows you to upload an image and draw a colour palette from it using the “Image DNA” option. Once uploaded the website will give you a colour palette of 3, 5 or 7 colours.

In addition to being able to manually tweak these colours there is also a broader palette that opens up which takes colours from the image. Clicking on each colour spot will give you the hex code.

The selected palette can be saved as a file for use in Illustrator, Photoshop or Gimp depending on the options selected.

CoLRD also has other options such as gradient which appears to allow you to create a colour gradient based on your HEX codes however in practice, trying to change the code in the box doesn’t work so you can’t specify the exact shade that you want (or at least I couldn’t figure out how to do it).

Summary

There are pros and cons to each of these websites for example Adobe Color CC is restrictive on the number of colours in a palette, other sites are better for freely selecting colours not based on an image. It is easier to digitally tweak a colour than to alter a paint colour as it can be done incrementally and critically the changes can be undone if a mistake is made. The downside of digital colour manipulation is that the colour seen on screen is often not the colour that will be printed and the colour can appear differently on different screens depending on the settings.

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