Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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.

45 comments:

vintagedesignsmith said...

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 said...

This is awesome, Rita - thanks so much!

Bonnie said...

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

Amy said...

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 said...

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

Jodi Gerber said...

Thanks Rita ... so much fun!

angie ray said...

So awesome, love these!! Thanks so much!

Holly said...

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 said...

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!

Taylor
www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com

amymom24 said...

Thanks, Rita!

Louise said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

Jennifer said...

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 said...

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 said...

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

JWugg said...

This is just fantastic! Thanks you so much for sharing

Liz said...

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.) said...

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 said...

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

Simply Sarah said...

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

tiggconn said...

Awesome! Thank you!

Rita said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

Oh! LOVE this! Thanks!

SarahinSC said...

Thank you kindly for sharing your wonderful work with us!

Lisa RedWillow said...

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

NKM photos said...

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 said...

Thank you very much!

Crystal said...

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 said...

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

deb said...

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 said...

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

Jane said...

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

http://janefsmithphotography.blogspot.com/2012/01/coffee-shop-freebie.html

Jennie Louise said...

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 said...

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

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the cool stuff. : )

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kindness.. Love your blog!

Jennifer said...

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?