How to Create Your Own Color Palette Image

Laura and I love to make a good color palette image. Like A LOT. I can and have done it all day. I’m just trying to help you understand what you’re signing up for. I’m giving you the tools you need to create lots of color palettes, but we are not accountable for the rabbit hole of fun you’re about to go down.

Here’s a video tutorial on how we do it.

How to Create Your Own Color Palettes Image

Find a Photo

Take a photo or find a stock photo that inspires you.

Make sure that you aren’t just stealing (and it is stealing) some random photo of off the Internet. There are a number of stock photo sites where you can find free photos. Respect copyright laws and respect the artists who created the images. There’s a whole lot more to all of this, but basically DO NOT use a photo unless you know that you are absolutely sure that you can.

I’m going to be using this photo I took while we were living in Okinawa. This was our view every morning on our walk to the bus stop. Its okay to be jealous. I’m jealous of the people who still live there. It’s a flipping paradise.

Create your layout

First you need to decide which way you want your color palette to go. We’re all about showing as much of the photo as we can, while still fitting it into a square sized layout. If your photo is portrait orientation you’re going to want to put the colors vertically. If the photo is landscape orientation its best to put them colors horizontally.

Now you get to decide if you want 5, 6, or 7 colors. Any more or less doesn’t work as well.

We like making everything uniform and make our color boxes the same sizes and equidistant from each other. The idea here is that the colors are complimenting the image, but not distracting from it.

You can actually buy our pre-made color palette templates right here. We have both Canva and Photoshop templates.

Picking Colors

This is the fun part. Okay it’s all really fun, but this is my favorite part.  Most color palettes have 6 colors. You’re going to want a mix of dominant colors and accent colors. DO NOT forget contrast, the light and dark colors. If everything is the same level it won’t be balanced.

OR if you have a photo like the Joshua Tree image that naturally has an ombre feeling to it, going with a gradient of dark to light is another option for your color order.

Color Palette Image by popular US graphic and web designers for small businesses, Bea and Elle: image of a Joshua Tree color palette.

I start by using the eye dropper in Photoshop and then do it by eye until I get a color I feel is a good fit. You can adjust the saturation and hue in the color dropper as well.  Then repeat that step 5 or 6 times. Just keeping in mind what color order I want.

You want your colors to all coordinate with each other. If I’m not sure if a color really goes with the rest of the colors, I’ll duplicate the smart object and then drag it around by the other colors to see if its clashing with any of the other colors.

After you’ve picked all your colors, you may find that you need to play around a little with the color order so you can get the right balance.

Once you’ve got it how you want it, save it and share it!

Let us know if you have any comments, questions, or need a support group for your new color palette image creating addiction.











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Brooke and Laura have a combined 20+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, and business branding.

Dont save all your best stuff just for the About Me page. Make every page about you!⁠
Stand out from the rest by NOT blandly crafting and toning down your web pages, only allowing yourself to shine in a little snippet on that one page. Let us get to know you by being informative AND yourself on every page! ⁠
Break out of that cookie cutter! ⁠
Tip: Zhoosh up your site by hiring a fantastic copywriter to create your web content, written in your voice.⁠
Got questions? Ask us in the comments.⁠
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Ive seen a few Welcome to... state signs this last month but its always nice to see this one (captured by @artutoriveraphoto) as we come back home.⁠
The colour palette we pulled from this image is classic Utah with the brightest of blues and the warmest desert tones.⁠
What do you think? Have you been to Utah?⁠
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We disappeared for a little bit recently.⁠
We disappeared and our business didnt fall apart. The world didnt end, and were doing just fine. AND well disappear again.⁠
Theres a lot of juggling involved in running a business. Its okay to set those balls down for a little bit or hand them over to someone else. We werent showing up on social but we were still working hard. You dont have to show up on every channel all the time, or even ever, really. ⁠
Were here to remind you not to run yourself into the ground. Running on fumes? Take a break. Do the minimum for a little bit. Intentionally shift gears. Re-evaluate your energy. Breathe. ⁠
Theres no one way to do this thing. Youre in charge.⁠
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Business ownership can be lonely, especially if youre not inclined to let people into your circle OR if youre not super outgoing - I am both of those things, so you can trust my advice! Outside of straight-up hiring someone to be on your team there are things you can do.

Build a business youre confident in enough to talk about. Create a plan, get to know your business baby, and love it. Dont be scared to explore your vision in detail. Write it all down and really get to know it.

THEN talk about it. Its a fact that your friends want to support you. Plus, word of mouth is dang powerful.

Next, to attract your team show them the role you can play in theirs. This can also help you get to know yourself better. You might not need support in the way you think because youre able to show up in that way for others, and yourself. 

How to begin the daunting task of networking: 
➕ Mention/tag a product you genuinely love. 
➕ Show up in the comments of other small businesses you respect. Become a familiar name.
➕ Find a mentor. A good mentor has an accessible network theyre happy to share.
➕ Recommend people within your network to those seeking their own team.

Building a team takes time and your success does not depend on your team. However, you need to build something for your future team to join. Keep it going and make any changes to your original plan along the way. Growth starts now and theres no shame in changing as needed.

Look locally.
➕ Give a shout-out and spread some love. 
Maybe your local yoga studio, Zumba teacher, coffee shop, or boutique? Tag, comment, mention, follow.
➕ Recognize a hard-working friend - go for coffee, snag a selfie and post it. Highlight what you admire in that person.
➕ Volunteer somewhere and meet new people who share a goal with you.
➕ Visit a local makers or farmers market, take a local class, purchase local produce, join a local group and immerse yourself in what your community is offering. Get to know the people behind the services.

By getting involved you set the frequency of your vibe. Its the law of attraction ✨ 

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