UPDATE 4/26/14: Adobe has made some changes to their program and I need to update this with new screenshots. However, I encourage you to check it out and play with it!
Do you have a hard time selecting colors to use on your scrapbook layouts? You’re not alone! I have struggled with this, and I know many others that have too. Fortunately, I found an online tool that I turn to a lot when I need some inspiration, and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.
For the most part, when I scrapbook, I select the pictures that I want to use on my layouts, and then base my color scheme around the hues in the picture. For example, the color of someone’s shirt in the photo, or something in the setting, such as the wrapping paper on a present, may inspire the entire color scheme of my scrapbook layout.
Many times it’s not always obvious to me what colors I should use, and that’s when I turn to a free tool from Adobe. It’s called Adobe Kuler, and I actually found out about it from one of the web design blogs I visit. However, as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my scrapbooking projects!
Here’s a screen shot of the home page…
As you can see, there are a lot of great color schemes here, and for those of you that are card makers, these alone are a great source of inspiration. However, for scrapbooking layouts, you will want to click on “Create” on the left side navigation (I have circled it in white on the screenshot above).
Clicking on “Create” will take you to this next page, where you can upload your photo…
I have circled the upload buttons in white. If you have a Flickr.com account, you can also pull in your picture from there. Once you upload your photo, Kuler will provide you with five different color schemes based on the colors in your picture – colorful, bright, muted, deep, and dark.
Tutorial: Scrapbook Color Schemes Using Adobe Kuler
I recently uploaded a picture of my youngest son, and took a few screenshots to share with you, so that you can see this tool in action. In this particular photo, my little guy is standing in front of a flower bed, and although I would love to use the purples and reds of the flower blossoms as the color scheme in my layout, I’m concerned that it would look too “girly” for this rough and tumble boy!
FIRST COLOR SCHEME – COLORFUL
Too many pinks and purples! If he was a little girl, it would be perfect, but I’m afraid this one just isn’t going to work. On to the next one…
BRIGHT COLOR SCHEME
Eliminating the bright purple helps a little, but I’m still not sure about this one. Let’s see what “Muted” looks like…
MUTED COLOR SCHEME
The purple is back! I could take it out, but then I would be left with red, green, white and gray. Christmas, anyone?
DEEP COLOR SCHEME
Again with the Christmas colors! I have one more to go – the “dark” scheme…
DARK COLOR SCHEME
We got a winner! I like this one. The lavender/grey color picks up nicely with the flowers, but it doesn’t seem too feminine, especially when combined with the dark greens and charcoal gray. I will probably use the dark red sparingly, but I do like it with the flowers.
Now to go through my paper stash and see if I have card stock in these colors (I think I do!). Anyway, let me know what you think about this tutorial by leaving a comment below. Also, if you have any questions regarding how to use Adobe Kuler to select colors for your scrapbook layouts, let me know below, and I will see if I can answer them!