Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating color themes with Capture CC, part of Adobe Mobile Apps First Look.
- Once you're inside of Adobe Capture CC, it's going to launch a screen that looks something very similar to this. It's going to say, "Capture Inspiration." "Create color themes, shapes, brushes, "and looks with Adobe Capture CC. "Tap an option to get started below." So the first thing we're going to do is we're going to start off with color. So let's tap in the bottom left on that little pink icon that says, "Colors," I'll just tap on that. It's going to first ask me for access to my camera. I'll go ahead and hit OK. Although I'm in a recording booth right now so I'm not actually going to be able to capture anything on the camera. As you can see, it's trying to find bits and pieces of light.
But what I'm going to do is tap in the top-right corner where that little photo icon is. When I tap on that icon up here, it's going to allow me to access things inside of my camera roll, things that I've saved to my Creative Cloud account and also the Marketplace. For now, what I'm going to do is create one from the Camera Roll. If I tap on Camera Roll, it's going to open up with all of the different photos that are on my particular device. What I'm going to do is I'm going to tap right here on Moments and go in and find an interesting photo with a lot of color. I'll take this photo of the Empire State Building that I took last year while my wife and I were in New York.
You'll see that when I launch this up, it gives me all of these little points to create a color theme from. You can see the color theme is there on the left-hand side of my screen. All of the little color points are then inside of this photograph. This is exactly what it would look like if I had my camera pointed at this using my device. I can take these little things and I can move them around just by tapping and dragging on them. You can see here I can kind of narrow down exactly what color I want. I can move this guy around, let's just kind of get a better color here, something more in the blue, there we go.
Then let's move this over in here, we want kind of a lighter color, maybe a brown. Then this down here, we'll get this kind of a orange color. There. And then the final one, I'm going to set this to be just a white color, there we go, something like that. So there's my color theme that I want to create from this. Once I'm finished with setting up all of these little points, and I would do the exact same thing with a photograph, all I have to do is tap on the Capture button, that's the big, round, white button on the far right-hand side of the screen. When I tap on that, it's going to automatically capture those colors from that image, it's going to allow me to name it, put it into a library and also make it discoverable on the color website.
First off, let's name this something, let's just call this NYC at Night. Then underneath there, what library do I want to put it in? I have a couple of libraries that are already open here, I have the Company Library, Mountain Rain and also the My Library. I'm just going to stick it in My Library. That's the default, generic library that you have access to. If you don't know what libraries are, I highly suggest you watch some of our Creative Cloud courses here at Lynda.com because they talk in depth about how you can use libraries to transfer materials back and forth.
I, actually, will talk a little bit more about libraries a little bit later in this course as well. Underneath there, SHARING, do you want to make this discoverable or not? Basically, this is asking you, "Do you want to keep this only to yourself "or do you want to publish this "on the color.adobe.com website?" There's nothing personal associated with this color theme, your name or anything like that, it's just going to publish the color theme and whatever you called it along with the tags. So if you want to contribute to the color community, you can certainly do so by tapping up here at the top. If you do not want to contribute to that, you can keep it on private.
I'll go ahead and keep that and move back. Then down below, you can see there is the reference photo that you've chosen. Once you are finished setting up your color theme, all you have to do is tap SAVE. Now, that color theme is saved inside of your library. It may come up with this little pop-up here that tells you, "You can use your colors in InDesign." You can also use your colors inside of Comp. I'm going to go over how to use both of these on the desktop and on Adobe Comp a little bit later on. To get out of this little window, all you have to do is tap to the outside, it's going to take you back to your library.
You can see here that I'm going to see all of my color themes that I create. In this case, I've only got the one but if I had more, they would be stacked on top of one another. I could also go into my SHAPES, MY BRUSHES or my LOOKS from this location, or from the top, I could tap My Library and I could switch between My Library, Mountain Rain, Company Library, et cetera. For instance, here we see that Mountain Rain has one color theme. Let's jump into Mountain Rain, there is the color theme right there. I can jump easily between those anytime I want just by tapping and switching over. So that's how you create color themes using Adobe Color, either through camera capture or by using images that are already on your mobile device.
In any case, it makes it super simple to get color themes extracted no matter where you are in the world.
- Capture CC, for creating color themes and brushes
- Photoshop Mix, for image editing and compositing
- Photoshop Fix, for retouching
- Photoshop Sketch, for hand-drawn projects
- Illustrator Draw, for vector drawing
- Comp CC, for creating layouts on the go
Find out how these new tools can unlock your creativity—wherever it takes you.