How to create your own colour palette in Photoshop

In the digital world where we don’t have an array of physical pigments to mix, where do you begin when it comes to colour? It can be a  daunting task to start out building a colour library, but with a few tricks and tools you can set yourself up for a much easier time.

Being able to match colours by eye from life or reference is an incredibly important skill to hone, and one of the easiest ways to do this is the use of a good colour picking utility. I like to use the Coolorus plugin to replace the standard Photoshop actions and colour picking tools, because the interface makes for a quick and intuitive way to colour match in your workflow.

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Alix Branwyn is a freelance illustrator for the games industry, and is based in California. Her work is primarily in fantasy and horror, with a focus towards the dark and creepy.