5-Minute Creativity: Create a Color Palette in Procreate | Charly Clements | Skillshare

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5-Minute Creativity: Create a Color Palette in Procreate

teacher avatar Charly Clements, Greeting Card Designer and Illustrator

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      Make a Color Palette in Procreate


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This bite-sized class is a part of Skillshare’s latest learning experiment, helping you explore your creativity in 5 minutes or less! The full version of this class is available here.

In this 5-minute class, you'll dive into a fun exercise to help you discover unique and interesting color themes for your next design project.

This class uses Procreate, but feel free to use the digital illustration program of your choice!

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Charly Clements

Greeting Card Designer and Illustrator


Hey, I'm Charly!

I’m a greeting card designer and freelance illustrator from the UK, mostly known for my stylised portraits and fun colour palettes. 4 years ago I decided to sell all my belongings and travel around the world armed with only my iPad Pro. I now run my creative business full time from my laptop and iPad, working on projects that I love, collaborating with dream brands and licensing my work out to stores around the world.

You can find my work online and in stores internationally on mugs, greeting cards, apparel, and more. 

I love sharing my latest work, process videos and mini tutorials on Instagram and YouTube so feel free to check them out :)

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1. Make a Color Palette in Procreate: In this exercise, I'm going to be showing you a really cool trick that I learned from Gaucher. If you don't who Gaucher is, he's an amazing illustrator. He uses Procreate for his work. I will link him below, in case you want to check him out. I think it's safe to say that we all know the primary colors; blue, red, and yellow, and when combined can make really interesting color combinations. If you create a new layer and put a color over the top of these primary colors and then put the opacity down, you'll start seeing an interesting color combination. I'm just going to start color dropping from these three new colors and create swatches. To get a different color palette, just change the color. I'm going to go with a bright orange and start color picking from this new color palette. It's so fun to play around with all the different colors and see what you can come up with. I'm just going to go for a nice pink now. It will be like that purple. But I think I'm going to go with this color palette. I like how much the gray and yellow is contrasting. I think that could work quite well with my illustration. I'm just going to pick the colors, put it into a new palette, and then I'll start working on my illustration. I'm going to be using a different illustration for this example. But feel free to use the plant illustration we created in the first class. Or why not try it on your own illustrations. I'm just going to start changing up the colors. I'm going to do the pot yellow. At the moment I can see that the yellow is a little bit too saturated for the gray. If you look here, we have Disc, Classic, Value, and Palettes. I'm just going to go on Classic just to have more control over the saturation and the brightness. As you can see here, this is the saturation, and then this bar here is the brightness, so dark or light. I'm just going to keep the brightness up and maybe come down with the saturation to create more contrast. Now, looking at my illustration, I feel the orange and gray are slightly hurting my eyes. Just because they're not working together doesn't mean it's the color. It could be the saturation or brightness. Make sure that you play around with this before changing colors. I'm just going to change the gray and I'm going to make it less saturated to see if I can make that orange pop. Just by making that small adjustment, I've made the orange pop a lot more. For this exercise, I want you guys to create your own unique color palette from the primary colors. Remember these colors are just a starting point. You can play around with the brightness and saturation until you feel the color palette's right.