Getting the Perfect Color
Creating the perfect color palette in Studio is easy. Follow our tips and you’ll be transforming photos and stories into meaningful and beautifully colored keepsakes in a snap.
Your Friend the Color Picker
Search for “png” in the Studio art search and you’ll find a wealth of black or grey elements that were designed to be easily changed to a different color. While you can change the color of anything, these flat, one-color items work best as you’ll lose texture and shading in a complex art piece. Choose your color with the eye-dropper-looking “Color Picker” by going to fill color, clicking on the small square with the arrow in it and selecting a color from the pop-up palette, as we did when changing Jill Means’ 7 x 5 invitation, template, 698337, from warm pink to lavender.
Pick Color from Anywhere
Pick your color from the palette, from any Studio artwork or from the photo you’re using.
Upload an Image Just for Color
You can even grab a dress, paint chip or other image from the web, upload it to your photo folders and use that as the basis for your color scheme. Here we’ve uploaded a paint chip from the Valspar Paint website.
Have a color you like but want it in several shades? Just “Color Pick” from the original color and change the percentage of transparency using your “Transparency” slider bar.
When Transparency Won’t Work for You
If you don’t want transparent color, change the transparency of a color sample and then “color pick” off the transparent color. You’ll have color that you can’t see through in the various shades you want.
Color on the Personalized Press
With so many products to choose from, what kind of color should you expect from a personalized press? Will a particular color print the same on a mug, a canvas, a metal print and a book? The answer is “not typically.” When you think about the creamy color of canvas, it’s no surprise it prints in slightly more muted tones than on ultra-bright white book paper. And consider metal prints. Part of their high-end appeal is the translucency that allows metal to shine through. The same color on a metal print is going to look a little different on a card or book. Look at the book and mug in the photo shown above. The color on the mug, which is printed on a different printer and has a creamy china base, looks a little peachier than it would printed on a book page or cover. Another tip is to check your project in progress on a couple of different computer screens. Each screen is calibrated differently and it’s good to know if your display is a little red, a little green, or pretty darn close to your printed products.
* Watch this great video from our Oct.9, 2014 Studio U class that shows how to use the eyedropper tool to expand your color palette.*