Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the Adobe Color website interface, part of Adobe Color Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] In this movie we're going to take a brief tour of the Adobe Color CC website interface. Before we get started, make sure you're signed in up here in the top right corner using the Adobe ID that I talked about a little bit earlier. Once you've got all signed in, come back and you can restart the movie, and what we're going to do here is just take a brief tour of the interface, show you where things are, that kind of thing. So first things first, up here at the top you have three tabs to choose from, Create, Explore, and My Themes. These are the three basic areas that you have access to inside of the Adobe Color CC ecosystem.
So let's start off here on the left with Create. When you're on the Create tab, which is, by the way, the default page that you land on when you go to color.adobe.com. This is what you're going to see, you're going to see a big color wheel here you're colors probably look a little bit different then mine because I've been playing around with this, but in any case, you're going to see a big wheel of color here and several swatches down here underneath it. You'll also see this drop down here, showing you all of the different color rules that they have. Now we'll go through those color rules a little bit later on, but I just wanted to show you where they are for now. The color wheel is pretty simple to work with, all you have to do is just drag this item around to set what is called the base color.
So the base color is the one with the white triangle on it. I'll show you a little bit later how to change that. Directly underneath each one of these color swatches includes several sliders, theses are basically based off of the different color modes you choose, so RGB for instance is what we're working with here. So I can control the red, the green, and the blue aspects of each color that I'm working with. Under here you can also specify whether or not you're working with CMYK, RGB, LAB, HSB, or HEX colors. All of those are available to you.
Again, you can select a color here inside of this interface and you can adjust that particular color based on the color rule you have selected above and the base color all of these colors will change accordingly based on the values that you enter here. Let's go back up to the top. Up here on the top right hand corner, you'll see here Create from Image. That means that you're going to upload an image, like a JPEG or a GIFF or something like that that has color in it that you want to sample. That color can then be translated into a color theme here inside of Color CC. I'll show you how to do that a little bit later on.
Now let's go to the explore tab. The explore tab here is where you're going to explore the different color themes that are available to you that people have shared on the Color CC website. As I mentioned earlier, color is kind of like a social network for color enthusiasts. So people come here, they create color themes, they share them and you can go in and you can view the info for those, edit a copy of it, you can also copy the link and share that link with colleagues or coworkers or even client. You can appreciate it, meaning hey, give it a thumbs up. I like this. Or you can save this to a library of your choosing.
Now you hear me say library a lot. What exactly does that mean? Well if you go over here to the My Themes section. It might ask you to sign in, if it asks you to sign in again, just go ahead and hit sign in. That's something that happens every once and a while if you've been looking at the website for too long or something like that. The session could expire. So if it does that to you, just go ahead and sign back in and then wait for it to load. Once that pages loads up, you're going to see something that looks similar to this, or yours may not look anything like this. It depends on whether or not you've been using libraries and whether or not you've been using color themes. You may see something completely empty and that's perfectly okay, but in this case, I wanted to show you what an existing library looks like.
CC Libraries are basically repositories that you can store things in, including graphics, text styles and yes, color themes. Making it easy for you to collaborate with other people and collect lots of color themes for each project that you work on. As you can see, inside of this libraries panel I have tons of libraries that I've been working on. You can switch to those libraries by clicking on them and when you switch to that library, if there are any color themes associated with it you'll see them listed here. If there aren't any color themes associated with this library, you can add a theme by clicking the Add Theme button.
As I said, once you start using libraries this information will start to populate on it's own, you don't need to worry about that, but in case you were wondering what a library is, I thought I'd take just a minute to explain that to you. You can also check out my Up and Running with Adobe Creative Cloud course or any of my Adobe related courses including Illustrator Essential Training or Muse Essential Training to get a little bit more information about what CC libraries are all about and how you can use them in your projects. Okay, those are the three basic areas of the Adobe Color CC interface.
We have Create, Explore, and My Themes. That's really all you need to know, so let's jump right in and start using them.
Join Justin Seeley as he explores the essential features of Adobe Color. He shows how to create themes using the online color wheel, edit themes with color rules, participate in the Adobe Color community, and use your themes in Illustrator and Photoshop. He also shows how to turn photos into color themes with the Adobe Capture mobile app.
- Creating a basic theme in Adobe Color
- Exploring color rules
- Editing color themes
- Removing themes from a library
- Creating a theme from an existing image or with your camera
- Using Adobe Color in Illustrator and Photoshop