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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Creating a color palette


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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Creating a color palette

As you begin your design process in Photoshop or any application, you may find that you've hit a wall when it comes to developing a color palette. In this movie, I am going to be walking you through how to utilize one of Adobe's free tools to help you develop color palettes based on a variety of different criteria that you're able to throw at it. Now in some cases the client will give you exactly the colors that they're looking for. They will outline it and tell you I need this blue, this red, and this green, and these are the values you need to use, but in some cases they might just give you some ideas like I need it to look very summery, or I needed to look winterish.
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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
4h 56m Appropriate for all Jul 17, 2012 Updated Oct 04, 2013

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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Using layers and layer comps effectively
  • Working with transparency
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Optimizing images as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files
  • Integrating with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Justin Seeley

Creating a color palette

As you begin your design process in Photoshop or any application, you may find that you've hit a wall when it comes to developing a color palette. In this movie, I am going to be walking you through how to utilize one of Adobe's free tools to help you develop color palettes based on a variety of different criteria that you're able to throw at it. Now in some cases the client will give you exactly the colors that they're looking for. They will outline it and tell you I need this blue, this red, and this green, and these are the values you need to use, but in some cases they might just give you some ideas like I need it to look very summery, or I needed to look winterish.

So you can utilize one of these tools like Adobe Kuler to kind of help you along in that process. So if you want to access Kuler, just to go your web browser and go to kuler.adobe.com, and once you have logged in to the Kuler site, which you can do by using a free Adobe ID, you are going to be brought to this home screen here, which shows you many different types of colors that have been developed on the Kuler web site. Kuler is nothing more than a community for people who like to work with color. So as you can see, you can mouse over these and if you want to see them big, you can click on them and they actually change right up here across the top.

You can rate them, based on 1 to 5 stars and then you filter out in those Most Popular, Highest rated, Random. You can also go to Mykuler to see the ones that you have developed. Let's go back to the Newest. Once you select a theme, you will notice that you get information about it right here, and you also get the ability to favorite that theme, download it as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file which you can then load up in the Illustrator or Photoshop or whatever you might be working in, and you can also make changes to the theme as well. If you click Make changes, that takes you into the editor.

Once you get into the editor side, you can actually go in and make changes to the overall color values by clicking and dragging these sliders around. You can also come up here to the top and you can find different rules that you can apply to the colors that you are working with. So right now I am working with this. I can find Analogous colors. I can find Monochromatic, Triad, Complementary, Compound, Shades, and then I can always go to Custom as well. If I wanted to, I can always go back to the home page, by going back to Themes and finding that theme again, clicking on it, and working with it from there.

If I'm ready to download it, I can click here and it will download it to my computer and then I can load it into whatever application I want. Let's say, for instance, that my client comes to me and says "I sell pumpkins and oranges and all these orange types of fruits, so my web site needs to be extremely orange." So I'll go right on to kuler.adobe.com and I'll just search for orange. Then I will go ahead and hit the Search button. Once I hit the Search button, it's going to return several different values based upon that keyword of orange and I can then search through these until I find one that I like.

Let's say that I like this one, Innocent Passion 2. I will click on it and I can see it really big across the top. That looks good. And if I want to download it, I can click right here and it will download it for me: Innocent Passion 2.ase. Now I have already downloaded this to my exercise files folder, so if I go into Photoshop, I can actually load that swatch by going up here, choosing Load Swatches, choosing Innocent Passion 2, and click Open. Once I do that, I will scroll down in my Colors and there are the Innocent Passion 2 colors at the very end.

So now anytime I need them, they are loaded in my Swatches library. I can also go back to Kuler and I can go to the Create section and once I am inside of the Create section, I can choose From an Image. When I choose From an Image, it's automatically going to give me a generic image, but I am going to pick Upload. And in my chapter 2 folder, there is poster.jpg and I will open it up. So let's say my client says "I want something that matches this poster," so I upload it. There it is. It gives me the colors that match that and then I can call this Vote Poster or whatever I want to call it.

I can give it tags if I want and then I can mark whether or not it's public or private. In this case I will keep it Private. And then I will Save that, and now I have this saved in my Kuler Themes and I can download that and I will just download it to my Desktop this time. And now if I go into Photoshop, I can go and Load Swatches again, go to my Desktop. There's the Vote Poster.ase, hit Open, and those swatches pop right there into Photoshop.

The next time you hit a wall creatively when it comes to developing your color swatches, tryout kuler.adobe.com and either upload some images or type in some search words and then download those and load them in your Swatches library. It's a quick and easy way of manipulating colors and getting a nice color palette to work from.

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