Illustrator Color Palette | How To Create A Color Palette From A Photo In Adobe Illustrator

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How To Create A Color Palette From A Photo In Adobe Illustrator


Hi, this is Anne from graphic design how-to. And today I’m going to show you two ways to get a color palette from a photo in Adobe Illustrator. All right, let’s get started, all right, I’m out here in illustrator, and now I’m going to create a new document, so I’ll come over here to create new. Then I’m going to go to Web and I’ll choose minimum and the reason I chose Web is because I want to use an RGB color space, which kind of makes the colors pop a little bit more, and now we’ll come down here to create all right next. We’re going to need a photo, so I’m going to come out here to Pexelsco’m. That’s a free stock photo site and I will say that they’re not free for everything, so be sure to read the license before using these for anything other than practice. All right, and I want a nice Italian scene, so I’m going to search Italy. I’m really liking the colors in this photo, so I’m going to click on this, and then we’ll choose free download, and it’ll download right down here in Chrome. I’ll click on this little carrot and choose show in finder now. This is downloading a really high re’s image, and I don’t actually need anything hi-re’s, so I’m just going to hit the space bar on a mac or open it on a PC somehow, and then I’m going to take a screenshot of this, so I’m going to hit shift Control Command 4 This takes a copy screenshot on a mac. I think you can use something like clipping tool or something like that. On a PC, all right, let’s go back to illustrator, and I’ll just paste. I’ll grab a corner and hold shift to just resize this a little bit, So the first way that I’m going to show you is with object mosaic for this example. I think I want 30 colors, so I’m going to come up here to object. Create object mosaic. I want a mosaic. That’s about 8 wide and let’s see what 4 will give us we’ll use ratio. Whenever you click use ratio, it’ll change these numbers to match the ratio of the image. We definitely want color instead of gray and we’ll say, okay, it’ll place a mosaic right on top of the photo, so I’m just going to click and drag this off of the photo since we have eight squares wide and four high that gives us 32 colors. So now I can kind of choose, which ones are just sort of pointless because they’re so similar. Probably this gray right Here is too similar to this over here and this Dark Brown doesn’t seem to be too different from this one, so ill. Just delete both of those now. If you click it, it’s grouped with the photo. I’m going to get on my direct selection tool and hold shift and just click off of that and then move this one over. I’ll hit V and then get on a corner and hold shift and resize it. Maybe not yeah, okay. That looks pretty good now. I want to make swatches out of these so to do that. I’m going to come over here to swatches and I’m just going to select all the unused ones and delete those now with the new color palette selected. We’ll come over here and choose new color group. I want it to be the selected artwork and I want to make them. Global and we’ll also include swatches for tints. We’ll say, OK, and now it’s added all of those to your swatche’s palette. So if you wanted to create a new design using these colors, all you would have to do is just, you know, make a few different shapes and you can use your eyedropper by hitting I on your keyboard and then just clicking on the one you want. You can do it that way or you can come over here to your swatches and choose a color that way, so it’s just a really nice thing to have them. In both places. I usually tend to sample over here because I can just see them so well, at a glance, all right, so let’s delete this and we’ll delete these also. Now I’m going to show you another way and this is with image trace. So if I click this and choose image trace, it might take a couple seconds. That’s one bad thing about using image trace. Is that depending on your computer? It could bog it down a little bit now. I’m going to come up here And click on the image trace panel. You can also get there under window image trace also. If you don’t see this bar, you can find that under window, it’s right here. It’s called control. Okay, so we’ll click this and the nice thing about using image trace is you can just designate how many colors you want, so we’re going to change this to color. We’ll have to wait a little bit again. So now there’s 30 colors in our image choice. I’m going to close this dialog box, and I’m also going to get rid of these other swatches, so ill. Just come over here, select all unused and delete those. Now we need to expand this picture, so I’m going to hit command E on my keyboard or control E on a PC that will give us all of our paths and points, and now we can do the same thing. We can come over here to our swatches palette and just click new color group and we’ll have all the same settings as before and say, okay, and now we have all of those colors to choose from over here now. The reason I like the color mosaic way so much more is because having this many paths and points in your document is going to slow it down some, so I usually would just delete this, but now I don’t have anything to sample from. I only have the swatches over here, so I think the better way is to do the color mosaic way, but it’s whatever way makes the most sense for you, alright? If you like my style of teaching, I have a few classes out on skillshare. And if you’re a member over there, you can get those for free. If you’re not a member, you can get two free months with the referral link in my description. Alright, ill. See you in the next video, thank you.