When I create digital scrapbook pages, I usually let the photos guide my color choices. I’ve found that whether I am choosing from ready-made collections or coloring ScrapSimple products, using color swatches makes the process easier. In this tutorial, I’ll show how you can create your own custom color swatches from photos.
You will need to make any desired adjustments to your photo before creating the color swatches.
First, clear the current colors in the Swatches panel. If your Swatches panel isn’t visible, open it by choosing Windows > Swatches on the top menu bar. Open the Preset Manager by clicking on the arrow at the top right of the swatch panel and selecting it in the drop-down option menu.
The Color Pick action will select colors from your photo and create an Adobe Color Table (ACT) file which you can save and load into the Swatches panel. When the action gives the prompt to load the set you just created, you’ll need to change the file type from Swatches (*.ACO) to Color Table (*.ACT) in order to see and select the file.
The other actions in the Color Swatch Action set help you create different types of paint swatches and a color wheel. When using them, you can choose colors from the color swatches panel or from any open file.
For the photo below, I used the color picker action on my photo first. Then I used the “Swatch 1” action to create the color swatch for my photo.