Does that sound painful like extracting a tooth? Nooooo, color should never be painful!
I recently participated in a free online course from FutureLearn.com called The Power of Color. While it was more of an introductory course, it was interesting to see the various types of professionals from around the world who enrolled and to read their comments as we progressed through the various lessons. I thought I would share something that I found interesting. As Future Learn was teaching about color combinations, they discussed online tools for extracting color palettes from images. The three tools they suggested we try were Pictaculous, Tin EyeLabs, and ColorExplorer. There are a few paint companies that have capitalized on technology like these to help do-it-yourselfers put together color combinations. I think I have tried just about all of them but the three tools mentioned here are not specifying paint colors and for the moment, I'm enjoying them purely as an exercise in seeing colors differently.
This is what Tin EyeLabs did with the iris image.
Pictaculous showed me 5 colors with some suggested combinations from other users.
ColorExplorer intrigued me.
What I like about it, is that you can upload an image and choose the number of colors that you want to extract, from three to fifty. While fifty colors could be overwhelming I played around for a bit and found that, depending on the subject matter of the photo, it really opened my eyes in some cases to look at a larger sampling of colors from just one image. I can see that there is a lot more exploring to be done with this site to see what it does.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these extraction tools. And see? not painful.