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Creating a Color Swatch from a Picture

by Steph on 28 February 2012
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Have you ever had a picture that you just loved the colors in? Well there is a super easy way in Photoshop and Elements to get an indexed color chart from your photo.

First, open your new photo.

Then in the menu bar -> Image -> Mode -> Index Color. A box will pop up. Click “ok”.

Go BACK to Image -> Mode -> Color Table

There you have it! A color table will all the colors from your photo! You can now use your color picker to make a swatch or find colors to re-color elements to match your picture. Have fun!

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1 SnickerdoodleDesigns 28 February 2012 at 9:20 pm

This is so cool (and easy)! I use Photoshop CS5 and had no idea this was there! Isn’t Photoshop just the “toy” that keeps on giving??? Thanks for sharing this great tip, Steph!


2 Carol 28 February 2012 at 11:40 pm

Thank you so much for this information. This is just great to know.


3 Geri 3 March 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thank you for that tidbit of info. I am learning PSE10.


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