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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Colours - but no pictures, sorry.

I've been thinking a lot about colours.  I've read several blog posts by others and there have been forum topics on both Folksy and Artfire, about colour and trends.
Apparently the 'in' colour for 2011 is honeysuckle.  This provoked an interesting discussion on Artfire as many people, myself included, thought of honeysuckle as a yellow colour.  Someone, however, posted links and photos of gorgeous pink honeysuckle, and the colour described as honeysuckle is a very attractive pink.

Some time ago I discovered a website, part of Adobe,  http://kuler.adobe.com  This website helps you to create colour combinations either by picking the colours yourself or from photos/pictures you can upload, or fetch from sites like Flickr. You can also search and view other peoples' swatches.
I had forgotten all about it until I read another blog post about colour, which included a link to a site that made colour swatches from your uploaded photos.  I tried but failed to get it to upload any photos and was giving up in despair and about to try Google to see if there was an alternative when I remembered Kuler.
So this afternoon I whiled away a happy hour playing with it and saved some swatches from various photos on my computer.
I've just spent another fruitless half hour trying to find a way to reproduce these swatches. I was able to save them as files onto my computer, and I have tried every programme I have to open them, however they are 'Adobe Swatch Exchange Files' and nothing will open them.   I assumed that I could open them in Adobe programmes eg Illustrator but I can't!

So here is a link to my Kuler page if you are interested in seeing my swatches. I will continue to search for a way to print out my swatches, and maybe I will see if there is another similar programme somewhere that will let me do this and save the results in a format I can print from.
For now I will have to keep the computer open beside me as I play with clay to see if I can reproduce the colours... watch this space...

6 comments:

Doris Sturm said...

Yes, I would like to see it, but where is the link?

Victoria's Polymer Art said...

Thanks for the info on Kuler. Interesting site!
Victoria

averilpam said...

silly me didn't put my link in!! Will do it now...

Shoogly Beads said...

Heather Powers of Humble Beads described a similar site in one of her blogs, 'Color Palette Generator' it links to flickr etc and is good fun!!

Kitty Ballistic said...

I came across Kuler the other day, and like you, was wondering how to open the swatch files. It's a great tool though, thanks for sharing it!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Hi there! So glad you decided to join our *A MAKE A MONTH 2011* - looking forward to seeing what you make - my makes are always very simple!! love Annie xx

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