The magic of palette design here on COLOURlovers has been a mystery to some for far too long. While many of you have figured it out beyond the Basic Palette Maker, some of you have taken a glance at COPASO or PHOTOCOPA and run for the hills. I promise, they aren't that difficult to master!
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While both COPASO and PHOTOCOPA are excellent for more complex palette making, understanding the difference between the two and knowing when to use what, will definitely change the way you go about making palettes.
When I first saw these two palette making tools, I thought to myself, "gee, they seem a bit redundant. I can load an image in to both, I can pick colors from an image in both and I can do varied widths in both..... so what's the difference?!" Well I'll tell you, there is a whole lot of difference between the two!
I don't know about you, but I see many images floating around in the physical world as well as the digital world, that simply inspire me and I want to keep the reflection of those hues in the compartment of my brain where I keep inspiration.
If an image has, let's say, sparked inspiration to create a palette, but not in the literal sense, then hop right over to COPASO. Why? Because it's a total workspace to get your thoughts out and track the process. Altering and perfecting color variations and holding possibilities in the sidelines, is what COPASO does best. From multiple images, personal note-taking, a scratch-pad, in-site search ranges and a slew of color theory mixing tools you really cannot go wrong.
However, there are particular needs to create palettes in direct relationship with an image this is PHOTOCOPA's strong suite. For example, I have written a number of blog posts recently, that are primary examples of when to use PHOTOCOPA. My Avengers 2 blog post, refers to quite a variety of palettes related to the hero's. Not all the palettes I list, were created using PHOTOCOPA, but they probably should have been, keep that in mind.
Here is a perfect example: when I searched COLOURlovers for my post about the Game of Thrones and color palettes in reference to the shows characters, most of the palettes I saw don't visually match how I see the character in my memory.
But a lightbulb goes on when I look at this palette titled, "Sansa Stark" (by haute1couture). Why is this?
There is a reason, the word "PHOTO" is found in the name, PHOTOCOPA. If you're wanting to quite literally choose exact colors from an image or photo, you'll most certainly want to utilize the featured tools of PHOTOCOPA.
Furthermore, when you use PHOTOCOPA and load an image in to it yourself, your image is available to anyone else using PHOTOCOPA to create palettes from. You will see in the example (above screenshot) of Sansa Stark, two palettes were made from the member who loaded the image in (haute1couture), but another one was made by a different member (image source link to screenshot page).
You can see different palettes made with the images by clicking on the image on the Palette Profile Page, give it a try!
Without making you wait even longer, here is the video covering the differences between the two amazing web-apps as well as an in depth look at the specific features of each.
Watch this VIDEO: Advanced Palette Making on COLOURlovers using COPASO & PHOTOCOPA
Much of the video covers the specific tools in COPASO and their relation and usage to Color Theory. The length is considerably due to going in to much of the details of each COPASO and then PHOTOCOPA.
If you missed the previous Creative Guide Series, Basic Palette Making on COLOURlovers, you can find the starter video here.
The Sponsorship feature on COLOURlovers has been around for quite some time, however, over the past year and a half with the transition of company ownership, the Sponsorship feature lapsed and broke. Because there was no staff available technically managing some of the back-end things on the site faltered. It is now fixed!
If you want to skip the video, simply navigate through your profile page, to your account page menu's, and edit your sponsorship. Follow this path:
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With the excitement building of Avengers 2 - Age of Ultron, another amazing Marvel movie, coming out this Friday, we thought it would relevant to take a look at some color related to the hero's. In the past, we've posted about The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic] and Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters. Today we are looking at three palette versions of the main characters of the Avengers Team.
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The world of comics has always been full of a dramatic array of colors! Notice over time how the color schemes used to be quite bright on spandex outfits, where the more pop culture hero series have taken them to a darker shade with added grit, grime and texture.
Comic characters initially started coming out in relevance to war going on and highly impacting families everywhere. The colors really inflect that super hero's were a pop of energy with added illustrative detail. When comic book characters first started making appearances, the color schemes in every day life were not popping off clothes and accessories, things were more dull and less dramatic.
Jump forward to today. We've got Neon trends everywhere (Keeping Up With Fashion Trends Neon + more neon). There is no lack of color in our every day lives. War to us is not a traumatic thing in the majority of the population unless you are directly connected to it within family or close friends. There is no draft, forcing fathers and brothers in to war. People today want, rough and rugged characters focused more on their personalities and war abilities than, their colors popping off the big screen. It's quite interesting to see that flow of change through time. Enjoy the graphic!
Other Excellent Super Hero Content to Enjoy:
- The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic]
- Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters
- Color & Design: Polish Film Posters
- COLOURlovers Member, anna131313262 put together this excellent coordinated selection of Avengers Palettes of the more current team
Avengers Color Palette Source Guide & Some Great Extra's:
Color theory and psychology queries on the World Wide Web bring up so many different infographics about color. We've posted about The Meaning of Color in Marketing before and way back in 2008 History Of The Color Wheel (does this still feel relevant?).
With infographics having taken on mass popularity, I notice there are only a select few worth actually spending time poring over. While this infographic by RIPT Apparel is directed as a guide to Designers, it can be awesomely relevant to keep in mind when applying color with anything in life.
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The infographic itself is well designed with a beautiful layout that makes for easy reading. Not to mention it is quite attractive to scan down and catch each color block quickly. I don't know about you, but my sensory system is loving this. I could certainly see this made in to an 8 x 8 flip book for desk reference. Thanks RIPT for creating such an impressive piece of visual information. Oh and hey, RIPT, if you're reading this, note on the desk reference, I would be first in line to order one!
RIPT is a t-shirt company that creates absolutely stunning pop culture graphics illustrations.
"RIPTApparel.com sells unique, limited edition pop culture designs everyday on T-Shirts, Hoodies, Posters and more. Each design lives for only 36 hours and starts at just $11.00." - ABOUT RIPT
Enjoy a small ode to the pop culture tee design's on RIPT (check out more on the site, they are always changing!):
*This was not a sponsored post*
More Color Theory to Consider:
- The Meaning of Color in Marketing
- The Effect of Color | PBS Off Book
- History Of The Color Wheel
- Color Theory For Designers: Creating Your Own Color Palettes
- Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's
Pop Culture Palettes on COLOURlovers:
The incredible HBO series, Game of Thrones, is in the start of Season V, bringing us more intense drama, deception, death and the hunger for power and revenge more than ever. It's time to take a closer look at each House and what's behind their colors in connection to the main characters. After analyzing the color dynamics of each of these, I can say the science behind the show design is quite impressive. Enjoy this Infographic Color Analysis of Game of Thrones!
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Also, a cool perk here on COLOURlovers, members have created many inspirational Game of Thrones color palettes (also see foot of post) of the show and characters that beautifully depict many of the clothing and temperaments each character displays.
Game of Thrones Color Palettes:
Animated GIF's have been trending around the mainstream world wide web in the past year with simpler, more automated tools for the average human to create with. However, artistic phenomenon species such as the talented Mr. Div, have been skillfully crafting works of digital abstracts for years now.
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Mr. Div, aka Matthew DiVito, is a musician, motion graphics designer and aspiring game developer from Boston, Massachusetts. His GIF designs truly grab your attention quickly and hold your gaze for a mesmerizing moment or two... or three... I cant seem to peel my sight from these seemingly simple, yet complex designs.
"There's an aspiration there for a kind of very sharp,very PURE image quality, while people like me want to make things more soft and rough."
~ Matthew DIVito via Twitter @mattdivito aka Mr. Div
Matthew's artwork combines repetitive motion and dimension with incredible patterns and gradient palettes. I can only imagine how cool it would be to see some COLOURlovers patterns and palettes animated! See more of Matthew DiVito's work here on his CargoCollective website or his Tumblr site.
So what is a GIF? Formally called a Graphics Interchange Format, it is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and caught trend for it's wide support and portability on the world wide web.
The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. These palette limitations make the GIF format less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.
Directly Sourced: Wikipedia.org - "GIF"
Recently, Aaron Epstein, Co-founder of COLOURlovers.com was engaged in an exceptional interview on Mixergy.com. Mixergy is a site that shares the wisdom and talents of founders from a multitude of industries. In the interview, you'll learn how Aaron’s ColorSchemer software helped introduce him to Bubs and Chris and how their collective talents collaborated to develop our beautiful community.
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Here’s a great opportunity to hear the history of how COLOURlovers came to be! I'm about the same age as Aaron, so personally it was kind of fun to listen to his historic timeline of events from his Y Combinator days through his ColorSchemer days and then eventually meeting up with Darius (aka Bubs) and Chris who had started COLOURlovers in 2005.
Aaron, Chris and Darius officially merged their business scope in 2009, which launched the real core of the community we have today. Watch the interview of read the raw transcript at Mixergy.com
Thanks again to these guys so invested in bringing a resources of color to the online world. When did you join COLOURlovers?
COLOURlovers has been a beautiful international creative clique since its conception in 2008. During its first years, the community thrived as a small island atmosphere; everyone knew everyone at this down-to-earth "local artists cafe." As COLOURlovers was presented to the outside world, it grew by leaps and bounds, and as more people were introduced to this colorful experience, being the community that you are, you opened your arms and welcomed the community’s growth.
I hike through the mountains of colorful palettes and get lost in the maze of intricate patterns, I see the beauty of these well loved creations synchronized in the gardens of our community, it makes me glow with pride that there are so many who create simply to create. COLOURlovers has always been a place of selfless design. This alone makes me thrilled to announce that we're back!
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The Renaissance: Autodesk + COLOURlovers
As most of you may know, in February of 2014, Autodesk welcomed COLOURlovers, along with our crafty little sister, Creative Market, into their fantastic creative family.
Autodesk boasts a plethora of professional arts and engineering apps; the two that speak loudest to my creative addictions are Pixlr and Sketchbook. Personally, two of my most proficient skill sets are traditional art and photography. This puts us in a fantastic position to gain more avenues of personal artistic growth!
I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki.
Vintage Opera de Paris
Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
Opera de Paris at night
View of Castles and Palaces in Naples
"See Naples and die". It means that before you die you must experience the magnificence of this spectacular city in the southern part of Italy. And if you want to bring in your own place the secret and beautiful heart of Naples, dipping into its famous monuments and castles, this is the right picture for you!
View of Old Castle in Belgium
Make your home, hotel or office a wonderland, with this hand drawn illustration of a famous old castle in Belgium
View of Feathers Hotel in Ludlow
Make your home a more lovely place to live in, with a hand drawn illustration of the amazing Feathers Hotel's façade, one of the best known hotel in the UK.
Vintage Page Menu for Restaurant
Fun Vintage Better Menu. Which means better food, better drinks, better place, better staff, better company, better days, better life! Say it better!
Vintage Blackboard for Espresso
Detailed illustration of a Vintage Hand Drawn Blackboard for Espresso Menu.
Graphic Elements for Italian Cuisine
Dean Martin was right: Pasta is endless love and you can use my Vintage Graphic Element for Italian Pasta Menu as your heart suggests.
I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It's fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design?