CoffeeShop ColorBar Color Palette Templates!

Here is my newest freebie, the CoffeeShop ColorBar custom color palette templates! This set includes both a vertical and horizontal storyboard with a clipping mask for adding an image, and six clipping masks with color fill adjustment layers for selecting colors in the image to make a custom color palette. The templates are web-sized, but you can enlarge them for printing (before adding your image).

I had so much fun creating these templates. I am the first to admit I have trouble picking colors for my designs, but these templates allow me to pick complimentary colors from any image. These color palettes can be used "as is" for posting on your blog, or for color inspiration for any type of design; such as storyboard, cards, web, interior, etc.

You will need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to use these templates. Open the template and your image and drag the image on top of the template above the top layer (Image clipping mask) and group it. You can use my free Group-It action if you want. Then Ctrl-T the image to fit behind the cutout.

Once the image is in place, simply click on one of the color fill adjustment layer boxes (I clicked on 6 in this tutorial) and click on your image with the eyedropper to grab a color (dark brown in this sample). I can't believe Maple was once so small, she is almost 55 pounds now!

Continue doing this until all six color bars are filled. Now you have a work of art or a nice color palette to use in your designs!  I must warn you, this can become an addiction.  ;-) 

Download the free CoffeeShop ColorBar Templates here.  NOTE:  These are image files, not actions, so open them as any other photo.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


vintagedesignsmith March 1, 2011 at 9:32 AM  

Nothing like a cup of coffee and a cool free template to wake up to in the morning! Today is going to be a good day.

Dee March 1, 2011 at 9:33 AM  

This is awesome, Rita - thanks so much!

Bonnie March 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM  

Thanks Rita - can't wait to try it out!

Amy March 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM  

Thanks Rita! Looks fun! Unfortunately, after I downloaded it into PSE 8, when I click on the thumbnail it tells me it's not compatible....did I do something wrong? I downloaded it via your 4shared link.....

Rita March 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

Amy, these are image files, not actions. So don't load them but just open them like any other image.

Jodi Gerber March 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

Thanks Rita ... so much fun!

angie ray March 1, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

So awesome, love these!! Thanks so much!

Holly March 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

You are so clever! After reading about this last night, I went and made a template myself. Thank you Rita! Also, thank you for explaining clipping masks to me, these are SO useful!

MaryJanes and Galoshes March 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM  

Love this. There is a website I use that pulls the colors out for you, but sometimes they don't choose the colors I wanted from the image. Thanks so much for this and ALL of your actions!


amymom24 March 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

Thanks, Rita!

Louise March 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM  

You are fantastic! So much fun with PSE. I love it :)
First picture on my blog.
Thank you from germany.

Jennifer March 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

Thanks so much! This is so neat looking, can't wait to play!

Jennifer March 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

I just downloaded it and opened an image to play - and that just might be the coolest thing you have made yet! Thank you SO much! I have no idea how I'll use it yet. . . but it's so neat!

Lisa March 1, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

love love Love these, I was just looking at how to make these the other day you made it so easy for me...just made a few and posted on my blog with a link back to you! Yay thank you so much!

Shuckclod March 1, 2011 at 11:51 PM  

Thank you, this is great. Can't wait to try it later....

JWugg March 2, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

This is just fantastic! Thanks you so much for sharing

Liz March 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

Thank you so much! I have been playing with them since I downloaded...sooo much fun!! I am now attempting to make a color scheme for our bedroom from one of my favorite photos! Thanks again!

Julie (It is.) March 2, 2011 at 11:50 AM  

Thank you so much - I've been meaning and meaning to do something like it but ... LAZY. You've just reinforced that, btw :D

lwlittlebit March 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM  

Thanks so much! Love the layouts you've posted on facebook.

Simply Sarah March 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM  

this rocks... I created my own blank color swatch psd but this lets you put the photo in also. Thanks.

tiggconn March 3, 2011 at 8:01 PM  

Awesome! Thank you!

Rita March 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM  

This is an image file, not an action! Please don't try to load it in your action pane!!!

Just open this .psd file like any other image.

Rita March 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM  

This is an image file, not an action! Please don't try to load it in your action pane!!!

Just open this .psd file like any other image.

Scrappin' Annie March 5, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

I don't know what I am doing wrong but after I have clipped my image into the photo layer and go to select a colour on the photo with the eyedropper, the eyedropper won't select. I love the idea of this . I must be doing something wrong. Any suggestions please?

KariS March 6, 2011 at 7:51 AM  

I can't even begin to explain how much fun this was !!! I've been home from work since Thursday with a bad eye infection. Have spent the whole time trying out your tutorials. You are simply amazing! I tried it yesterday but was getting frustrated and had to quit. Worked like a charm this morning.

CBH March 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 6 post on Mar. 06, 2011. Thanks again.

suzi.wollman March 6, 2011 at 8:10 PM  

I featured your colorbar templates on my blog! Thanks so much... I love it! The swatches along with a picture are beautiful layouts in their own rights.

Lolita March 16, 2011 at 1:22 AM  

Scrappin Annie, I was having the same problems, but finally figured it out! On your palatte color thumbnail (#1-6) double click it where you see a triangle, that will bring up your "pick a solid color" box. If you just use the eyedropper to grab a color from the image, it's only for the background or foreground. I have CS4. Hope this helps.

pammie April 23, 2011 at 1:34 AM  

I would like to say a BIG thank you. Have been saving your emails and today going through them.
As a PSP user am trying to learn a few tricks in PS now and very much appreciate your tutorials etc....................hugs

Marsha June 5, 2011 at 11:28 PM  

I'm not sure I completely understand what to do with this, but I do love playing with the colors, ha ha. Thank you!

Deb July 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM  

Oh! LOVE this! Thanks!

SarahinSC August 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM  

Thank you kindly for sharing your wonderful work with us!

Lisa RedWillow September 9, 2011 at 4:58 PM  

Love this. Im a new follower here and on FB loving your blogs , your information and all you do.

NKM photos October 1, 2011 at 7:37 PM  

Love this idea--thanks so much for sharing. I used this as inspiration to make my own (I like to tinker in PS). Here is my picture. I also put a link back to your post to show where this great idea came from. :D

anna November 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

Thank you very much!

Crystal November 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM  

Help, I have no idea which step I am missing or what I am doing wrong but I am not getting the colors to show up in the boxes on the template???

Rita November 21, 2011 at 6:51 PM  

You have to click on the color bar and then click on the image to grab the color.

deb November 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

This absolutely excites me! I have seen color palettes from photos all over the place and now I can make my own! Yah! Thank you!

Jane January 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

I am going to LOVE this!! Thanks so much Rita!!!

Jane January 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM  

Just wanted to share my first palette with you new template!

Jennie Louise January 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM  

Hi. Is it right that it's download as a ZIP file? It won't open on my PC or in PSE9. Any ideas?
Jennie. x

Jennie Louise February 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM  

I worked out how to do it and created some lovely palettes. ;-)

Anonymous March 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM  

Thank you for all the cool stuff. : )

Anonymous December 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM  

Thank you for your kindness.. Love your blog!

Jennifer October 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM  

Hi Rita! I think this is such a great idea. I can't get it to work though. : / I can't figure out what on earth I am going wrong since it's seems sounds so simple. The colours with not show up in the boxes. I have the first box with the black box, white box, and #6 highlighted and then I go to select a color with the eye dropper and nothing happens. ? I've tried it with both boxes selected. Ideas?