Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Kuler Game of Colours

I can't believe that many creatives don't know this colourful website yet! I am talking about the Kuler website.
In case you want to jump over right away, here is the link:
http://kuler.adobe.com
Since mentioning the website in one of my earlier posts ( http://exploringart.blogspot.com/2010/01/colour-combinations-from-photographs.html ) I received a few questions about how the site works.

First of all, it is free for anyone to use: no restrictions, no hidden costs, no nagging for contributions! This is a website for creative people where you can browse colour combinations, save the ones you like, create combinations according to the colour wheel rules, or, and this is the best part: create colour combinations from your own pictures (stored on your PC) or from the best photographs on Flickr.
I think I have your attention now!

To get an idea of how the website works, this video will show you some of the many possibilities:


To help you understand how you can bring the Kuler colours into your own Photoshop or Photoshop Elements program, I have written a short guide. You can download this guide in PDF format for free from this link:
http://www.4shared.com/file/193547437/67e3d493/Kuler_to_Photoshop.html

In this guide I also refer to the template that I made as a sort of inspiration reminder. It looks like this when you fill it up with the colours from the Kuler site:
The photograph is the image that I used on the Kuler site to extract a colour combintaion from. It is a photograph of hand dyed yarn from Scotland that I weaved in a little swatch. I loved these warm colours so much and wondered which colours would be found by Kuler.

If you want to make inspiration cards like this, you can download my template for free from this link:
http://www.4shared.com/file/193369666/22510360/5SwatchTempEmpty.html
It is a psd file (photoshop file) that you can open in Photoshop (Elements) and fill with the colours and pictures that you have found with Kuler.

If you want to save the colour combinations, you will have to sign up - again, for free. If you already have an Adobe ID, use this login name and password. You can browse the collection of colour combinations and save them in your own account. There are so many of them, that you will never find them again a few days later.


Here is the one I made today from a picture of three little books that I made for a swap.
OK, don't say that I did not warn you, but believe me, Kuler is highly addictive... So don't blame me for any burnt dinners, forgotten tasks, and missing kids! :D

3 comments:

Sandi said...

Thanks so much for reminding me of this tool!! I had it bookmarked, but didn't realize how versatile it was! Pantone has a similar color tool available as well if you're interested.

ayra k said...

wow thanks for blogging about the site; it seems like something I can spend hours on (and in a useful way)!

Jill said...

Thank you so much! This was so helpful, and I really appreciate the template and the video. Kudos to you!!