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Color Palettes: How, What, Why

We Heart Palettes: A Love-Type Tutorial

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Valentines. Hearts, flowers, pink, red, shiny, chocolate-y, sparkly, sweet— today, they're all around us, in fact, we can't get away from them. But here's the thing: I really wanted to show you a quick Valentine-esque project, one that would show you an easy way to apply a color palette to the most basic typographic design— but I didn't want to throw even more saccharine-sweetness at you. So I designed this graphic, bold thing to be merely the vehicle for adding a bunch of useful skills to your own design toolkit: I'll show you how to create this simple design using...

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Tutorial: Make a Photo/Palette Montage into a Facebook Cover Image!

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Just posted today on A Musing (Colormusing's official blog): A detailed tutorial that walks you through the process of blending a photo and a color palette together into a simple montage, used for a Facebook cover image! Remember, nearly all Colormusing products, from photos to yarn, have photo palettes available that coordinate, like the Peaches I photo and Just Peachy palette used in this montage. Imagine all the possibilities...

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Take a Palette to your Closet!

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When you look at any of the Colormusing palettes, you'll see that one of my suggestions for using a palette is to apply it to your wardrobe. (Think about it— we already create palettes every time we get dressed, without even realizing it.) But how exactly do you do that? Here's a post I wrote a while back on my Changing Your Clothes blog about this very subject. (The palette I used for my examples, one of which is shown above, actually came from a book aimed at interior designers, but I found inspiration in so many of its palettes,...

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Tutorial: Creating Your Own Palettes in Photoshop

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Wondering how (or even if) you can create your own color palettes? Well, I've just posted a tutorial on Colormusing's main blog, A Musing, designed to get you started by picking colors from a photograph. (This is a great way to make use of photos that may not be that wonderful in quality, but which have pretty colors. Even if it's digital, why waste it?) With lots of screen shots and a step-by-step explanation of the process, you'll be making palettes before you know it! Click on either photo below to go to this tutorial. And have fun! From this......

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Free Color Palettes: What's the Catch?

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Yes, color-loving folks, I'm going to let you in on a secret: The color palettes you see here on Colormusing are actually available to you for free. When I create them I usually start on one of my favorite websites, ColourLovers.com. (You'll find me there as — what else? — Colormusing.) At ColourLovers, you're able to download palettes, individual colors, and more, for your own use. Free.   ColourLovers (left), Colormusing (right): Is there a difference? What's the catch? Files only download in 1 file format: PNG. While they do offer you a range of sizes to download (from Preview...

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